The Tomorrow War: Amazon in talks for Chris Pratt sci-fi
Staff Reporter | On 13, Jan 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.