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‘Finch’ Director Miguel Sapochnik Reveals the Original Ending of the Movie and Why They Changed It

With Finch now streaming on AppleTV, I recently spoke with director Miguel Sapochnik about making the post-apocalyptic science-fiction drama starring Tom Hanks. If you haven’t seen the trailers, Finch takes place ten years after a solar flare has destroyed the ozone layer and left our planet dealing with extreme weather and ultraviolet radiation that makes sunlight deadly. One of the few survivors of the apocalypse is Finch (Hanks), a robotics engineer that has been living in an underground bunker with his dog, Goodyear. Realizing he only has so much time left, Finch has spent his final years building a robot (Caleb Landry Jones) to make sure his beloved canine companion will be cared for after he’s gone. But when a deadly storm approaches their location, the unlikely family must set out on a road trip to find a new place to live.
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Finch Director Miguel Sapochnik Didn't Want To Make A Science Fiction Movie [Interview]

Miguel Sapochnik is not known for light-hearted material. Over the past few years, the filmmaker has become most known for his episodes of "Game of Thrones," including "Battle of the Bastards" and "Hardhome." Now, the director behind those memorably grueling hours of TV has made, as he puts it, a family film. "Finch" is a road movie for adults, yes, but the original story of a man, his dog, and his robot has emotions and themes that'll play to a variety of ages.
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Finch Director Miguel Sapochnik on Bringing the Apocalyptic Adventure to Life

Movie fans have seen apocalyptic adventures unfold in a variety of ways, with some leaning into the inherent horror of the concept while others embrace the scientific elements in hopes of serving as a warning to viewers as others merely embrace dystopic iconography for an action-packed experience. With Finch, director Miguel Sapochnik emphasizes the dramatic and emotionally human side of the realities of such situations, depicting a story about a man (Tom Hanks) merely wanting to ensure the safety of the thing that matters most to him. Finch will begin streaming on Apple TV+ starting on Friday, November 5th.
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‘Finch’ Director Miguel Sapochnik on His Epic Road Trip with Tom Hanks, a Dog and a Robot

Finch is the story of a man, a dog and a robot who form an unlikely family on a dangerous cross-country trip across a post-apocalyptic landscape. It’s a simple-seeming premise that was anything but simple to pull off — both technically and narratively after the global pandemic prompted filmmakers to re-evaluate the entire idea of apocalypse-as-entertainment. The tale began as a decade-old short film by Craig Luck about an ailing-yet-resourceful tech wizard who’s quite possibly the last man on Earth after a devastating solar flare. The short evolved into a screenplay titled Bios by Luck and Ivor Powell which, in turn,...
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The Future of Westeros: How Miguel Sapochnik won the Iron Throne

Bran the Broken sits the Iron Throne, but another man safeguards the future of Westeros: director Miguel Sapochnik. Here’s why that’s a very good thing. The rumblings have been loud of late: House of the Dragon, HBO’s first Game of Thrones spin-off centering around a brutal Targaryen civil war known as the Dance of Dragons, is on the way. Production on the show began last month, with fans also getting their first look at some of the show’s major players, like Daemon and Rhaenyra Targaryen, Alicent and Otto Hightower, and Corlys Velaryon.
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