Tom Hanks' WWII Movie 'Greyhound' Abandons Theaters, Heads to Apple TV+

Tom Hanks commands a WWII destroyer in "Greyhound." (Sony Pictures)

In yet another sign of our changing times, Deadline reports that Sony has abandoned plans to release Tom Hanks' "Greyhound" in theaters on Father's Day weekend and sold the project to Apple, which will show the movie on its Apple TV+ service later this year.

Hanks wrote and stars in the World War II story. Set in 1942, "Greyhound" features him as newly minted U.S. Navy Cmdr. Ernest Krause, whose first mission is leading a convoy of 37 ships across the Atlantic. This would be a simple mission, if not for the wolf packs of Nazi U-boats tasked with sinking every one of those Allied boats.

Hanks was most recently in the news as the first Hollywood celebrity to be diagnosed with COVID-19 back in March. He was in Australia to play notorious manager Col. Tom Parker in director Baz Luhrman's movie about Elvis Presley when he first realized that he and his wife Rita Wilson were sick.

Believe it or not, that news broke only 10 weeks ago, though it seems like at least a year.

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Rumors are that Apple paid $70 million for rights to show the movie on its still-growing new streaming service. Hanks loses the opportunity for audiences to see the film in theaters, but Apple TV+ will make "Greyhound" available to viewers in more than 100 countries at the same time when the film makes its debut.

Apple has yet to announce the date when viewers can see "Greyhound," but we'll have the news as soon as it becomes available.

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