Apple isn’t playing around anymore when it comes to awards season. While their streaming service AppleTV+ mostly balked on their 2020 awards slate (Greyhound, On the Rocks, Palmer, and Cherry all mostly thudded, with Wolfwalkers the only one to gain real traction), it’s hard to imagine that being the case for much longer.
After the studio picked up the Sundance award-dominating film CODA in a major bidding war (having just set the film for an interesting August 13th release), they’ve now got another possible contender on their hands.
In what Deadline reports was a very competitive auction, Apple landed the Tom Hanks drama Finch, a new sci-film directed by Miguel Sapochnik, best known as the multiple-Emmy winning director of massive Game of Thrones episodes including the “Battle of the Bastards”.
The film, formerly titled BIOS, tells the story of a man in a post-apocalyptic wasteland who creates a robot to watch over his dog once he dies. The robot will be played by Caleb Landry Jones, with Samira Wiley, Laura Harrier, and Skeet Ulrich co-starring.
Clearly Apple and Hanks like doing business together, as this is now their third project together – following the aforementioned Greyhound, along with the upcoming Masters of the Air World War II miniseries that Hank produced as a sort of companion to his acclaimed miniseries’ Band of Brothers and The Pacific. That series is currently in production with Cary Joji Fukunaga directing.