Tom Hanks Says He's Upset His New Movie, Greyhound, Isn't Coming To Theatres

The visual quality and sound would have been better in theatres, Hanks says.


The new Tom Hanks movie, Greyhound, comes to Apple TV Plus on July 10 behind reviews that are mostly positive. However, Hanks--who also wrote the script--says in a new interview that he's a little upset the film won't be released in theatres.

He told The Guardian that it's an "absolute heartbreak" that Greyhound isn't able to screen in cinemas as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. The movie would shine brighter on the big screen, he says. "I don't mean to make angry my Apple overlords, but there is a difference in picture and sound quality," he said.

Apple reportedly paid $70 million to acquire the distribution rights to Greyhound from Sony Pictures. The film company put the movie up for sale due to the global health pandemic causing movie theatre closures in the US and around the world.

With its big action sequences concerning naval warfare, it does seem natural that a theatrical release would have been the ideal way to see Greyhound. But the world is changed these days.

Greyhound is just the third movie that Hanks has written, following That Thing You Do! (1996) and Larry Crowne (2011). The movie premieres July 10 on Apple TV Plus.

In March, Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson contracted coronavirus while filming the new Elvis Presley movie in Australia, becoming among the first major celebrities to get the virus.

Hanks told The Guardian that he and Wilson got better after about two weeks, though their experience with the virus when they had it sounds very terrible. "My wife lost her sense of taste and smell, she had severe nausea, she had a much higher fever than I did," Hanks said. "I just had crippling body aches, I was very fatigued all the time, and I couldn’t concentrate on anything for more than about 12 minutes."

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