Apple plops down $40M for Oscar contender

From Deadline's "Apple Makes Big Deal For Joe & Anthony Russo-Directed ‘Cherry;’ Tom Holland & Ciara Bravo Drama Becomes Oscar Season Entry" posted Saturday:

EXCLUSIVE: In a deal that lands in the high $40 millions, Apple Original Films has acquired worldwide rights to Cherry, the first film directed by Anthony and Joe Russo since their Avengers: Endgame became the highest global grossing film of all time. The film is a decidedly different kind of drama, an adaptation of the bestselling novel by Nico Walker that is based on his story. It is a finished film that will become an awards season entry.

Tom Holland plays a young Cleveland man who, after being spurned by the love of his life, joins the army before she returns to tell him she has made a mistake and they belong together. He becomes an Army medic in Iraq and sees violence and carnage no one should. Returning with a raging case of undiagnosed PTSD, he is prescribed the opiate Oxycontin. Soon, he and his young wife move from pills to heroin, and he turns to robbing banks to pay their debts and feed their habit. Walker’s young wife is played by Ciara Bravo (Small Engine Repair). Holland is a revelation in his first adult role and Bravo establishes herself as an actress to watch in the harrowing drama.

My take: Tim Cook is serious about Hollywood.


  1. Jerry Doyle said:
    With “Greyhound,” Apple bought the rights for 20 years, if I recall correctly. It looks here that Apple owns “Cherry,” which means it has value to be resold later down the line. I prefer this approach better than leasing the rights for a period.

    September 26, 2020
  2. Gregg Thurman said:
    Yes, I absolutely am sticking my head in the sand. The thing is, there’s more than enough strife going on every minute of every day to cause a sane person to go crazy, if they consumed it all.

    “Cherry” may be Oscar material but I refuse to PAY for the sick privilege to consume more. I’d much rather watch a Disney, and leave the venue with enough feel good energy to make it through another day of negativity.

    September 26, 2020
  3. Steven Philips said:
    I’m not sure I’d call it a “sick privilege”, but I agree with not wanting to see more “conflict” ( generally) no matter how well produced/acted. Why I didn’t like “The Morning Show” and a lot of the other stuff on ATV and Prime. (I did like the little girl reporter/detective!)
    And I also think that if you’re going for an Oscar you need to actually PRODUCE the film, not just BUY it so you can get your name attached.

    September 26, 2020
  4. Kathy Corby said:
    A little tangential, but I am watching Tehran now, and finding it riveting. That was apparently also a purchase of a series made in Israel, rather than produced by Apple. But if they can buy more pieces like this, I’m all for it.

    September 27, 2020

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