Amazon to release The Tomorrow War this July
Staff Reporter | On 08, Apr 2021
Amazon Studios has acquired the worldwide rights to Skydance Media’s The Tomorrow War, and will release the film this July.
In The Tomorrow War, the world is stunned when a group of time travellers arrive from the year 2051 to deliver an urgent message: 30 years in the future humankind is losing a global war against a deadly alien species. The only hope for survival is for soldiers and civilians from the present to be transported to the future and join the fight. Among those recruited is high school teacher and family man Dan Forester. Determined to save the world for his young daughter, Dan teams up with a brilliant scientist (Yvonne Strahovski) and his estranged father (JK Simmons) in a desperate quest to rewrite the fate of the planet.
The sci-fi actioner from director Chris McKay stars Chris Pratt as Dan, with Pratt also executive producing the project. It co-stars Betty Gilpin, Sam Richardson and Edwin Hodge, and was written by Zach Dean.
“The Tomorrow War will be a global event that will surprise and delight our customers around the world,” said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios. “Director Chris McKay has brilliantly crafted this unique, action-packed sci-fi escape that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats and tug on their heart strings with its father-daughter storyline. We couldn’t be happier to continue our relationship with Chris Pratt—who brings such dynamic star power to the film—along with David Ellison and the Skydance team, as we share this exciting film with fans.”
“I’m so proud of this incredible cast and crew who worked under challenging circumstances to create a unique, original sci-fi action movie… something that’s increasingly rare. Watching this team of actors and artisans effortlessly blend action, horror, comedy, and drama was a dream come true for me … and I hope will thrill audiences this summer,” added McKay.
“It is fantastic to once again partner with Amazon to release another film from the Skydance canon,” said Skydance CEO David Ellison. “Jen and the marketing team have had great success in making film premieres on the Amazon platform must-see events and with Chris Pratt headlining, everything goes up to another level.”
The film will premiere on Amazon Prime Video worldwide on 2nd July.
The Tomorrow War: Amazon in talks for Chris Pratt sci-fi
13th January 2021
Amazon is in talks to acquire The Tomorrow War, a new sci-fi blockbuster starring Chris Pratt.
The online giant has become a major player in the coronavirus-stricken film landscape, snapping up the rights to multiple high-profile movies that were set for theatrical release before cinema closures disrupted studio plans. Last year, it bought the worldwide rights from Paramount to Michael B Jordon thriller Without Remorse and Eddie Murphy sequel Coming 2 America, and also snapped up the Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat sequel for global online release.
Now, it’s looking to add The Tomorrow War to its shopping list. The actioner was developed and produced by Skydance (which recently sold Luck and Spellbound to Apple TV+) and takes place amid a futuristic conflict, with humanity losing the fight against an alien invasion. To level the playing field, scientists develop a way to draft soldiers from the past to fight the war.
Directed by Chris McKay (The LEGO Movie) and written by Zach Dean, it co-stars Yvonne Strahovski, Betty Gilpin, Keith Powers, Sam Richardson and JK Simmons. It was set to be released in cinemas this summer, but with vaccine rollouts taking place now amid an array of lockdowns and restrictions across different countries, Paramount instead opted to shop the film to streamers over the weekend.
Deadline reports that Amazon is at the top of the pile, with an offer of $200 million for the project, although the deal has not yet been finalised.