In the aftermath – a little surprising (but again, nothing is too surprising in these crazy times) – Sony’s announcement that they have released Tom Hanks from the star “Greyhound” on AppleTV to launch (instead wait for theaters to open), a new rumor has hit suggesting that the emerging streaming platform is looking for a bucket of movies to align their categories.
“Greyhound”, located at the start of World War II as an international convoy of 37 Allied ships, led by Captain Ernest Krause (Hanks), crosses the treacherous North Atlantic while being hotly chased by packs of wolves from under- Nazi sailors, was originally scheduled for a major theatrical release in June. The premiere of AppleTV will mark the first time that any of the Oscar-winning films have gone digital.
Although without a doubt their biggest acquisition to date, “Greyhound” joins an impressive list of films that Apple has acquired in recent times, including “Beastie Boys Story” and “The Banker” .
While Apple intended to produce only originals, it seems that fierce competition – largely from Netlix and Hulu – forced them to reconsider their position on the choice of older films to fatten their offerings. Bloomberg says Apple is considering older movies and TV shows they can license, but it’s unclear which catalog of studios they’re looking for.