Amazon Studios is in talks to grab Chris Pratt’s latest action flick The Tomorrow War, a report from Variety reads. Though nothing has been finalized, the price is rumored to be a whopping $200 million.
The Tomorrow War is reportedly about an alien invasion that is destroying humanity, and the war that ensues when scientists enlist soldiers from the past. The sci-fi action flick was originally set to release in theatres on July 23 of this year under Paramount, but is now being shopped under Skydance Media. Skydance has been under a partnership with Paramount since 2009 to co-finance films, and recently sold multiple animated films to Apple.
Pratt cemented his place as an action leading man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Guardians of the Galaxy with his role of Star-Lord in 2014, and the following year starred as Owen Grady in Jurassic World. In this film, he stars alongside Chuck‘s Yvonne Strahovski as well as Oscar winner J.K. Simmons. Its director, Chris McKay, is making his live-action directorial debut with this film and is mostly known for his work in the animation world, previously working with Pratt on The LEGO Movie.
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, many blockbuster movies set to release in theatres simply couldn’t and instead were released via streaming service or VOD. Most notably, Disney chose to release their massive Mulan remake on Disney Plus and the highly anticipated (though underwhelming in its success) WW84 came to HBO Max this past Christmas.
Warner Bros. also has announced that their 2021 films will also be available on the HBO streaming service at the same time as theatrical release. This announcement was met with both excitement and criticism. Some were praising how accessible this makes new releases to movie lovers, giving people who might not otherwise have the opportunity the chance to watch films from the comfort of their own homes. Others have said that this decision could mark the beginning of the end of the film industry.
The future of film is somewhat unknown, as production pauses and cinema closures have had a massive effect on the industry. For now, it’s likely safe to say that this will not be the last big budget film sold to a streaming service and it’s entirely possible that it will become the new normal.