Originally titled “Bios”, the science fiction film was directed by Miguel Sapochnik and was to be published by Universal.
After letting go Tom Hanks‘WWII movie Greyhound Last summer, Apple acquired the Oscar-winning new science fiction film finchwhich is expected to debut on the Streamer in the fall.
You’re probably wondering, “What the hell is Finch?” and why you’ve never heard of it, and that’s because the film was originally titled Biosand Universal had planned to release it. It’s unclear whether Universal resigned because of the finished movie, or whether Amblin Entertainment simply felt it had a better chance of recouping its investment by selling Finch to Apple than seeing it in theaters while it was evolves into a hyper movie. Competition year at the (still recovering) box office. Either way, Deadline reports that Amblin brokered the auction directly, so it’s up to you here, not Universal.
Finch is expected to get a qualifying release in theaters anyway, most likely during awards season as Apple seeks to appease top talent like Hanks. I don’t know what the budget was for this movie, but Greyhound was around $ 50 million and Apple bought it for $ 70 million so Sony could make a decent profit instead of millions more in a cinema marketing campaign for one Stuck film that never had a chance to break even at the box office because of the pandemic. I suspect Universal saw Finch’s outlook at the box office similar and allowed Amblin to buy the project elsewhere.
Hanks plays the title character, a robotics engineer who is one of the few people to survive a catastrophic solar event that left the world as a wasteland. Finch and his dog Goodyear have lived together in an underground bunker for a solid decade, but Finch’s health is precarious, so he’s building a robot (voiced by Caleb Landry Jones) to watch over Goodyear when he’s gone. The three characters – human, dog, and robot – form an unlikely family and embark on a dangerous journey across the American West as Finch tries to teach the robot what it means to be alive.
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Finch comes from the director Miguel Sapochnik, the two-time Emmy winner who directed several episodes of game of Thrones, including the acclaimed season six episode “Battle of the Bastards”. He directed from a script written by the first-time writer Craig Luck and Ivor Powell, the latter of whom served as Associate Producer on Ridley ScottSci-Fi Landmarks extraterrestrial and Blade runner. Powell co-produced the film Kevin Misher, Jack Rapke and Jacqueline Levinewhile Sapochnik and Luck Executive also produced Robert Zemeckis, Andy Berman and Adam Merims.
Though Apple declined to share the greyhound viewership last summer, Deadline claimed they were “appropriate for a big hit this summer” leading up to Apple’s biggest opening weekend. Around 30% of viewers were considered new subscribers who had signed up specifically to watch Hank’s new film. While I think Apple TV + has a ton of high quality programming – especially considering the number of swings it has compared to Netflix – it seems that the streamer has not yet reached the public like its top competitors. Expect Apple’s market share to increase as the streamer starts playing more star-driven films such as Will SmithAction thriller emancipation and Martin Scorsese‘s Murderer of the Flower Moonwhat functions Leonardo Dicaprio. Apple has also announced that it will be releasing the Sundance sensation KODA Mark these on your calendars on August 13th as this is special.
Before the Finch deal, Hanks was back in business with Apple as he was executive producer on the streamer’s event miniseries Master of the Air Next Steven Spielberg. The two-time Oscar winner is currently filming Zemecki’s live action Pinocchio Film and he’s also wrapped Baz Luhrmannis untitled Elvis Presley Film in which he will play the legendary manager of the singer, Colonel Tom Parker. I’m looking forward to this film that will play the lead role Austin Butler as the hip-shaking King of Rock and Roll.
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Jeff Sneider is a Senior Film Reporter at Collider, where he publishes film and television news and curates the Up-and-Comer of the Month column. He also hosts the podcast “The Sneider Cut” and the award-winning series “For Your Consideration” with Scott Mantz and Perri Nemiroff. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Jeff began his career at Ain’t It Cool News before moving to Los Angeles to write for Variety and later for TheWrap and Mashable. Jeff was also the Editor-in-Chief of the Tracking Board and has contributed to the MTV Movies Blog, Hollywood Life Magazine, Washington Square News, and the Colorado Springs Independent. His Oscar selection appeared on the LA Times Envelope site, and he agrees with screenwriter William Goldman, who famously said of Hollywood, “Nobody knows.” Jeff is from Needham, Massachusetts and has never had a salad. He can be found on Twitter, Instagram, Cameo, and Blogspot by searching his Nom de Plume @TheInSneider.
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