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Tom Hanks’ Production Firm has Signed an Exclusive Deal with Apple

‘Greyhound’ will be followed by a Sequel

Apple and Tom Hanks’ production company Playtone appear to want to keep working together, as the two businesses have signed an exclusive deal that encompasses series, documentaries, features, and other projects.

Hanks will also appear in the “Greyhound” sequel, which is set during World War II. According to Deadline, the film was one of the most watched on Apple TV Plus. Because “Greyhound” was originally supposed to be released in theatres, but the covid-19 pandemic prevented it, Apple purchased the film’s rights in 2020. A similar fate befell “Finch,” a post-apocalyptic survival thriller in which Hanks’ character hangs around with his dog and an aid robot. In November 2021, that film was released on Apple TV Plus.

Apple is hoping to capitalize on the success of TV+ by signing an exclusive multi-year partnership with Tom Hanks’ production firm. The Playtone deal includes shows, documentaries, and unscripted projects.

Hanks will also appear in the sequel to the World War II film Greyhound. According to Deadline, the thriller was one of the most-watched shows on Apple TV+. In 2020, Apple acquired the film’s distribution rights. Greyhound was planned to be released in theatres, but due to the COVID-19 epidemic, it was unable to do so. Finch, a post-apocalyptic survival thriller in which Hanks’ character is accompanied on the road by his dog and an assistance robot, has a similar issue. In November, the film was released on Apple TV+.

For a few years, Apple has collaborated with Playtone, which was created by Tom Hanks and producer Gary Goetzman. The two organizations, along with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, revealed in 2019 that they were working on Masters of the Air, a follow-up series to Band of Brothers and The Pacific. The show’s production is finished, but no release date has been set.

Adding additional Playtone episodes and movies to the collection will help Apple TV+ continue its upward trajectory. It just became the first streaming service to win an Academy Award for Best Picture (for CODA), and sitcom Ted Lasso was a big winner at the Emmys last year. Severance and Slow Horses, two recent shows, have also received critical acclaim.

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