And yet somehow it’s not titled There’s A Good Boy.
Apple has picked up another film featuring Tom Hanks for its streaming platform. Originally titled Bios, the film was slated for an October 2020 release, only to get shuffled off the release calendar because of COVID-19. Now, Apple has snapped up the film, which it plans to release later this year under the title Finch.
Universal first announced the film back in 2018, describing it as a film about a lonely, ailing inventor who builds a robot named Jeff (played by Caleb Landry Jones) to look after his pet dog after he inevitably dies — and as they cross the country, he has to teach it how to be a good pet owner. Also this is all in a post-apocalyptic setting.
The film also stars Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale), Laura Harrier (Spider-Man: Homecoming), and Skeet Ulrich (Riverdale, Jericho). It looks like it has all the ingredients for a heartbreaking film.
The film was directed by Game of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik and stars Hanks as Finch. Universal had moved the film back to April 16th, but in January, decided to move the film back even further to August 13th. Now, it looks like the studio has opted to throw in the towel and simply release the film to streaming.
Last year, Apple picked up Tom Hanks World War II film Greyhound amidst the closures prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and has been slowly building out its own theatrical catalog of original content with movies like Cherry and documentaries like The World’s A Little Blurry, as well as original shows like Ted Lasso, For All Mankind, and the upcoming Foundation.
Apple hasn’t set a date for the film, but says that it’s expected to debut on the platform later this year.