Chris Pratt’s The Tomorrow War Will Now Premiere on Amazon | IGN

Amazon has closed a deal to debut Chris Pratt’s sci-fi thriller The Tomorrow War on Prime Video. The film is set for a July 2 release.

The Tomorrow War was originally set to be distributed by Paramount Pictures with a theatrical run over the 2020 holiday season but was one of many films delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Amazon reportedly paid $200 million for rights to The Tomorrow War, which was developed and produced by Skydance Media. The company has been aggressive in its acquisitions in recent months, shelling out large sums for films like Borat Subsequent Moviefilm and the upcoming Michael B. Jordan vehicle Without Remorse.

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Last October, Paramount Pictures sold Coming 2 America to Amazon for a price tag of roughly $125 million. The long-awaited Eddie Murphy comedy sequel drew the largest weekend debut viewership of any streaming movie during the pandemic when it premiered on Prime Video in March.

Paramount has also sold films off to other streamers during the pandemic. Last June, Netflix purchased the rights to Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 from the studio. The film went on to a fruitful awards season, earning 5 Oscar nominations including Best Picture.

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The Tomorrow War follows a group of time travelers from the year 2051 who visit the present day to recruit soldiers for a war against an alien species. Pratt plays a high school teacher who joins up to ensure a future for his daughter. The LEGO Batman Movie director Chris McKay is helming the film.

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J. Kim Murphy is a freelance entertainment writer.

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