Tom Hanks has said that it is “heartbreaking” that his new movie will premier on Apple TV+ rather than receiving a full cinematic release, according to an interview with The Guardian.
Greyhound will be released on Apple TV+ this weekend, but the movie was originally scheduled for a theatrical release in the summer. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the release was delayed, and ultimately, streaming rights were then sold to Apple TV+.
In a candid interview, Hanks has revealed that he isn’t happy with Apple winning the rights to the movie, revealing that he has been working on the story for almost a decade.
He added that the movie was designed to be watched on the big screen and that it’s a “heartbreak” for the movie to instead have been sold to Apple, rather than holding off for an eventual release.
Speaking of the news, he said that it was “an absolute heartbreak”, and added, “I don’t mean to make angry my Apple overlords, but there’s a difference in picture and sound quality.”
It’s important to note that Hanks approved the deal with Apple, and so his frustration should be directed towards the COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of theatres rather than Apple.
Greyhound is the first Tom Hanks movie that has been sold to a streaming platform before receiving a full theatrical release, so it’s natural that the star is frustrated the title couldn’t enjoy its previously-planned red carpet premier and big-screen treatment.
Hanks also criticized Apple’s PR team, revealing that “the cruel whip masters at Apple” asked him to sit in front of a blank wall in his home for a FaceTime call with The Guardian.
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