By James Lindorf
Back in May, AppleTV+ reportedly paid Sony $70 million for the rights to “Greyhound.” The thrilling WWII film written by and starring the legendary Tom Hanks. The story follows U.S. Navy Cmdr. Ernest Krause (Hanks) a longtime Navy veteran whose first assignment as Captain is to lead a 37 ship Allied convoy across the Atlantic. For five days with no air cover, the convoy is pursued by German U-boats as part of the longest, largest, and most complex naval battle in history: The Battle of the Atlantic. The film, directed by Aaron Schneider and produced by Gary Goetzman, is based on the 1955 novel The Good Shepherd by C. S. Forester and stars Hanks, Stephen Graham, Rob Morgan, and Elisabeth Shue. “Greyhound” has been streaming on AppleTV+ since July. Apple has extended the period for the free months on Apple TV + until July. This means that if you got a free subscription in November 2019, you’ll still be able to use it for free until July 2021. If you are part of this group, you have no excuse not to give Greyhound a shot. If you’ve yet to check out the service, Greyhound and fellow awards contenders Servant and Ted Lasso are well worth the risk if you can’t finish them before your free trial is up.
$70 million is a lot to pay for a film. It is unclear if that investment has already been returned because most streaming services are known for keeping viewing numbers close to the vest. Something that may help the streaming service as it enters its second year is that “Greyhound” is getting Oscar buzz. GoldDerby.com has the movie listed as a strong contender for a best picture nomination, and it is clear Apple believes it has a chance at some of the technical awards as well. Apple recently hosted a virtual press conference with the artisans behind “Greyhound.” The guests were broken into three groups. The first included Cinematographer Shelly Johnson, Costume Designer Julie Weiss, and Production Designer David Crank. The second session consisted of Composer Blake Neely, Sound Designer Michael Minkler, and Editors Sidney Wolinsky and Mark Czyzewski. The event was capped off by a discussion with Visual Effects Supervisors Nahan McGuinness and Pete Bebb. You can listen to audio below.
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