After sinking $200 million on an original idea, it appears Skydance and Prime Video are reportedly ready to give The Tomorrow War sequel a green light. The sci-fi movie was released on 2 July 2021 and the results must’ve been satisfactory for the online retail giant as report suggests they broached the topic of sequel with the film’s production studio and it looks like Chris Pratt and the director are returning for another round of alien killing action.
The Tomorrow War followed a retired military man and current biology teacher, Dan Forester Jr. When soldiers from the year 2052 arrive in 2022, they warn the world about an alien threat that is ravaging the earth. They are running out of people to fight the war, so people from the present need to travel forward in time so the future can be protected.
After about a year into the war Chris Pratt‘s character, Dan Forester, is drafted into the army and so it begins for Dan. The story seems to have resonated with audiences all over the world as it was watched by over 2 million households in the first three days within the US. So, it understandable that Prime Video is willing to go another round with the same cast and crew.
Amazon Prime Video’s The Tomorrow War Sequel Being Discussed with Skydance
Based on an original idea, Skydance committed a massive budget for the movie. As the COVID pandemic ravaged movie theaters, recouping $200 million on an original sci-fi flick was a risk the studio did not want to take. Instead, they opted to shop the movie and Amazon came running with a bag full of money. Prime Video got all the rights for the movie and released it on 2 July 2021, to over 240 countries in the world.
Skydance previously sold another original action movie, The Old Guard, to Netflix. The film was also a massive success on the streaming platform in 2020, and it is also getting a sequel. So, it has been good business for the studio, selling high profile projects to streaming platforms. It is also beneficial for platforms like Prime Video as they get to horde IPs with franchise potentials.
The Tomorrow War is ripe for a sequel as there was some setup done in the third act of the movie. As Dan and his team find a space ship in Russia, they figure out the Whitespikes are just soldiers and some another species was transporting the human eating aliens. So, it is not clear if Earth was a target or the transporting aliens crash landed on this planet. And Prime Video sees that potential in the project.
On 8 July Deadline reported, “discussions are in place to bring the whole creative gang back both in front of and behind the camera including director Chris McKay and screenwriter Zach Dean; and stars Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, Betty Gilpin, Sam Richardson, Edwin Hodge and Oscar winner J.K. Simmons. Paramount is also involved in the sequel; the studio originally attached to distribute the first film theatrically.”
While the critical reception was mixed for the movie, Chris Pratt‘s star power and word of mouth for a summer project was enough to convince hordes of fans all over the world. On Prime Video the movie has over 4.5 stars out of 5 after over 20,000 reviews. Fans are connecting with the project and Chris took some time out to thank his fans on Instagram.
During the 4th of July holiday, the actor wrote, “Thank YOU to everyone who watched The Tomorrow War this weekend. The first 48 hours of global viewing for The Tomorrow War on Prime Video broke all the records🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️❤️💪🏼💪🏼. #1streaming film in the world!! And we could not have done that without each and everyone of you. Thank you all for joining us on this adventure! Happy 4th!!”
With most of the cast and crew possibly returning for the The Tomorrow War sequel, it would be interesting how they incorporate time travel back into the story. The alien threat was dealt with and they will not be another attack on the future, making a sequel of simple invasion would not go along with the name. So, he writers will need to do some gymnastic to come up with a comprehensible solution.
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