Amazon Studios has swept in and is poised to land “The Tomorrow War,” a science-fiction action film with Chris Pratt that Skydance developed and produced. The price for the film is rumored to be roughly $200 million, but insiders stress the sale has not been finalized and financial terms have yet to be determined.
The film was being shopped to streamers and drew interest from companies due in part to its star power. Every major service, including Netflix and Apple, viewed the movie. They were impressed by the positive test scores that previews of the film received, according to an individual with knowledge of the negotiations.
Amazon has been aggressive in landing splashy content, buying the likes of “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” and the Michael B. Jordan thriller “Without Remorse” in recent months as the coronavirus pandemic has upended the theatrical landscape. Skydance recently sold its upcoming animated features, “Luck” and “Spellbound” to Apple, which will be part of an overall animation pact. Studios have leaned heavily on streaming services during COVID-19.
“The Tomorrow War” is set in a futuristic conflict, one that finds 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.
The film was initially scheduled to be released in theaters on July 23, 2021. Paramount initially planned to distribute the film. One insider said that the move comes about because the studio and the production company were aware that the theatrical landscape remained in flux due to the public health crisis.