Streaming platform are spending big money to acquire buzzy films of Hollywood A-listers. The entertainment industry was agog with news of Netflix picking up two sequels of ‘Knives Out’ for $450M. Now comes news that Amazon Prime Video has grabbed Chris Pratt‘s much-awaited sci-fi action film ‘The Tomorrow War’ for a mind-boggling sum – a cool $200M! Phew! Knives Out is at least a known and proven entity. Amazon Prime Video has taken the cake by paying this huge an amount for a film no one knows how it will be received.
Amazon Prime Video has even set a release date for the military based sci-fi action film. The Tomorrow War will premiere on Amazon Prime on July 2 in the USA, just in time for the 4th Of July holidays. It will simultaneously premiere in 240 countries and territories worldwide. The Paramount film was earlier destined for a theatrical release, but the Covid-19 pandemic put paid to that plan. This is the second Paramount film acquired by Amazon Prime Video for such a huge figure. It had raised eyebrows earlier with its acquisition of Eddie Murphy’s Coming 2 America for a huge sum, somewhere between $125M to $150M.
The Tomorrow War combines science fiction with time travel and military warfare. A bunch of people from the future — 2051 to be precise — time travel back to 2021 to warn mankind of the perils of the future. An alien species is taking over earth in 2051, and man is fighting a losing war against it. The only hope for survival is for soldiers and civilians from the present to be transported to the future and join the fight. Chris Pratt is one such civilian – high school teacher and family man Dan Forester – who travels to the future to safeguard earth for his young daughter. With him in his quest are a scientist (Yvonne Strahovski) and his estranged father (J.K. Simmons), who team up to take the fight to the enemy’s door – in this case, the aliens.
The Tomorrow War is directed by Chris McKay (The Lego Batman Movie). It stars Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, Betty Gilpin, Keith Powers, Mike Mitchell, Sam Richardson, and J. K. Simmons, with Pratt also executive producing the film.
The Tomorrow War premieres on Amazon Prime Video worldwide on July 2.