Chris Pratt has spent most of the last decade in the once-unlikely position as one of Hollywood’s biggest breakout movie stars. However, despite a budding big-budget backlog, the A-lister is also planning a return to the medium on which he got his start: television.
This past February, Pratt signed on for a television project titled The Terminal List, on which he’ll serve as headlining star and executive producer. The project, which adapts the conspiracy thriller novel of the same name by Jack Carr, will see Pratt joined behind the camera by Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer films, Training Day), who is set to direct and executive-produce the pilot. The gig facilitates a reunion, due to Pratt’s co-starring role in Fuqua’s 2016 remake of The Magnificent Seven. With the key creative ducks in their proverbial row, the project now has a platform.
Amazon has just procured The Terminal List, which had been shopped around by Pratt, Fuqua and MRC Television, reports Variety. The deal will see Amazon Studios co-produce the series alongside Civic Center Media, which is a joint TV venture with agency UTA, in association with MRC. Said deal prospectively adds Pratt to an Amazon Prime Video lineup that notably includes someone who—like him—is an evolving former NBC sitcom star, The Office‘s John Krasinski, in his ongoing starring role on Tom Clancy TV series adaptation Jack Ryan, which is rounding the premiere of its third season sometime this year, pandemic notwithstanding.
The Terminal List follows Navy SEAL Lieutenant Commander James Reece (Pratt’s starring role), who, during a crucial op on his last deployment, loses his entire platoon in a devastating ambush. However, upon his return home, Reece discovers that the authors of said ambush were not enemy forces, but, rather, a stateside conspiracy that apparently goes to the highest of levels. Consequently, with no family left and nothing to lose, Reece engages in a one-man war with a shadowy bureaucratic cabal.
David Digilio has been tapped to write The Terminal List script and serve as executive producer, bringing a sporadic-but-intriguing small screen CV with work on CBS All Access’s recently-cancelled Strange Angel, 2014 John Malkovich-headlined NBC pirate series Crossbones and short-lived 2007 ABC series Traveler. Digilio’s script will, of course, adapt 2018’s The Terminal List, the first in the thriller novel series by Jack Carr, a former Navy SEAL who’s brought a real-life perspective to the literary franchise. The author followed-up the first book with 2019 sequel True Believer and this past April’s third offering, Savage Son.
Star Chris Pratt, once a small-screen standard on shows like The WB’s Everwood and Fox’s The O.C., achieved acclaim from a six-year run on NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, after which he was propelled to superstardom in Marvel Studios’ 2014 intergalactic ensemble, Guardians of the Galaxy, which yielded a successful sequel (with a third film in the works,) and crossover appearances in Marvel’s industry-dominating third and fourth Avengers films. He also fields a starring role in the franchise-reviving Jurassic World films, as well as lead voice roles in The Lego Movie animated films and this past March’s Pixar effort, Onward. Moreover, his 2021 docket is scheduled to see the releases of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Jurassic World: Dominion, sci-fi actioner The Tomorrow War, and he’s also attached to long-delayed adventure comedy Cowboy Ninja Viking.
The Terminal List is still in early development and has yet to set a release date, but we’ll keep you updated as the news arrives.