Apple TV has picked up the upcoming film ‘Finch,’ a science fiction drama starring Tom Hanks (‘Sully’) for their streaming service. The movie was filmed by Steven Spielberg’s production company Amblin Entertainment. It will now be distributed by Apple Original Films.
Deadline is reporting that Apple won the distribution rights after “a very competitive weekend auction” and plans on releasing the sci-fi feature in the fall, right around awards season.
‘Finch’ will be directed by Miguel Sapochnik, best known for 2010’s ‘Repo Men’ as well as several episodes of ‘Game of Thrones,’ including “Battle of the Bastards.” He has also directed episodes for such shows as ‘House,’ ‘Fringe,’ ‘Under The Dome,’ as well as the television film ‘Hieroglyph.’ He will also direct the pilot for ‘GoT’ prequel HBO series ‘House of the Dragon.’
Originally titled, ‘Bios,’ the movie tells the story of a man named Finch who survived a cataclysmic solar event that has left the world a wasteland and has lived underground for a decade. His only companion is a dog named Goodyear, and realizing he is dying, the engineer builds a robot (played by Caleb Landry Jones) to take care of the canine after he is gone. The three are forced to go on a dangerous journey across the American West to show the robot the “joy and wonder of what it means to be alive.”
‘Finch’ also stars Lora Martinez-Cunningham, Andrea Good, Oscar Avila, and Madeleine Dennis. It is written by screenwriters Craig Luck and Ivor Powell, the latter who is producing the film with Kevin Misher, Jack Rapke, and Jackie Levine.
Steven Spielberg told the Hollywood Reporter in 2017 that the film “is an original, emotionally stirring tale that at its core is very much an Amblin movie. I can think of no one more perfect to embody this story about the meaning of being human than Tom Hanks.”
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