In a streaming vs. theatrical release battle, Tom Hanks has clearly taken the side of cinema as the American actor expressed his disappointment over the release of his film to Apple TV+.
In an interview with The Guardian, Hanks explained that Greyhound‘s straight-to-streaming release is “an absolute heartbreak,” as viewers will no longer be able to appreciate the film’s production and sound quality.
Intended to be released in cinemas in June 2020, the coronavirus pandemic caused the film creators to strike a $70 million deal with Apple for the films release.
While Hanks, Greyhound star, co-writer, and producer, is happy viewers will finally be able to see the WWII drama, he told The Guardian that the film deserves to be seen in theatres. “I don’t mean to make angry my Apple overlords, but there is a difference in picture and sound quality,” he said.
The honorary Greek citizen expressed his further disappointment at the “cruel whip-masters at Apple” for commanding the Greyhound PR tour.
Hanks told The Guardian that Apple’s PR team insisted he do interviews in front of a blank wall, making it look as if he’s in “a witness protection program.” Added Hanks, “But here I am, bowing to the needs of Apple TV.”
Instead of appearing on the silver screen, people will be able to watch Greyhound exclusively on Apple TV+ on Friday 10th July.
Due to a temporary rule change, Greyhound will still be eligible for Academy Awards despite foregoing a theatrical release.
Read Tom Hanks’ entire interview with The Guardian here.