Amazon Studios has successfully acquired the worldwide distribution rights to Paramount Pictures’ upcoming action sci-fi film The Tomorrow War. The acquisition deal reportedly cost the streamer around $200 million. Originally scheduled for a July 23, 2021 release, the Chris Pratt-led feature will now be making its debut on July 2, 2021, exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.
The Tomorrow War was first set for a theatrical debut. However, due to the ongoing pandemic, the film’s release was delayed ultimately rescheduled to this year. This marks the latest partnership between Paramount and Amazon, after the streamer had previously nabbed the rights to the studio’s Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse, which will be available for streaming later this month.
“The Tomorrow War will be a global event that will surprise and delight our customers around the world,” Head of Amazon Studios, Jennifer Salke said in a statement. “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.”
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In The Tomorrow War, the world is stunned when a group of time travelers arrive from the year 2051 to deliver an urgent message: Thirty years in the future mankind 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 (Pratt). Determined to save the world for his young daughter, Dan teams up with a brilliant scientist (Yvonne Strahovski) and his estranged father (J.K. Simmons) in a desperate quest to rewrite the fate of the planet.
“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,” said director Chris McKay.
The film stars Christ Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World), and Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) along with Emmy nominees Yvonne Strahovski (The Handmaid’s Tale), Betty Gilpin (GLOW). It will also feature Sam Richardson, Theo Von, Jasmine Matthews, Keith Powers, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Edwin Hodge, Mike Mitchell, Seychelle Gabriel (Falling Skies), Alan Trong (Alita: Battle Angel), newcomer Chibuikem Uche and Alexis Louder (Focus Features’ Harriet).
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The Tomorrow War is directed by Emmy winner Chris McKay (Robot Chicken, The Lego Batman Movie) from a script written by Zach Dean (Deadfall, 24 Hours to Live). It is executive produced by Pratt with David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, David S. Goyer, Jules Daly, and Adam Kolbrenner set as producers.
Executive producers are Rob Cowan, Brian Oliver, and Bradley J. Fischer with Samantha Nisenboim serving as co-producer. The film is a co-production among Amazon Studios, Skydance, Paramount Pictures and New Republic Pictures.