Apple is once again betting on a Tom Hanks movie to grab viewers and rewards. Deadline has learned that Apple TV + has purchased the rights to Bullfinch (Previously Biography), a sci-fi movie that stars Hanks as the namesake character who builds a robot to take care of his dog once he’s gone. The three set off to a post-apocalyptic American West where Finch teaches his robot the “joy and wonder” of being alive.
The tech giant has won a “very competitive” bidding war between streaming services, according to Deadline. Bullfinch was originally a universal version. It is directed by Emmy winner Game of thrones leads Miguel Sapochnik and counts Blade runner veteran Ivor Powell as a screenwriter alongside newcomer Craig Luck.
The film could be Apple’s ticket to more critical success. Bullfinch is slated for release later in 2021, possibly during the fall price research season. A qualifying theatrical debut is reportedly in preparation. Hanks’ Doggy style, with animation Wolf walkers, was one of Apple’s first Oscar-nominated films – it won’t be surprising that the company is hoping the A-list actor can receive more nods.
We don’t know how much Apple paid Bullfinch. The company has not shied away from spending huge sums of money to land promising and high-profile films, including the success of Sundance. CODA and Martin Scorcese’s big budget The Flower Moon Killers. Apple is determined to make TV + a viable competitor like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, and that means paying whatever it takes to match or beat the biggest offerings of its rivals.
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