It hasn’t even been a full week since The Tomorrow War premiered on Amazon Prime Video and word is already out that a sequel may be coming. According to The Wrap, Skydance and Amazon are planning to bring back director Chris McKay, screenwriter Zach Dean, and stars Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, Sam Richardson, Betty Gilpin, Edwin Hodge, and J.K. Simmons. There’s no word on what the film’s specific plot may be or what kind of timetable should be expected.
Our review is fairly representative of the general consensus among critics about the film, whose Rotten Tomatoes audience score of 81 is considerably higher than its Tomatometer of 54%. Though Amazon hasn’t released viewership data, Deadline shared one group’s assessment that 2.41 million households watched the film over the holiday weekend, which puts it ahead of previous Amazon hits like Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, and Coming 2 America.
The $200 million Amazon spent to acquire the film would suggest that the film needs to be positively received, though it’s also likely that the streamer can release the second film in theaters long after the current pandemic and earn back a considerable amount of its budget. The time-travel setup of the film, which finds present-day civilians heading into the future to fight in a war against aliens, makes it possible to bring back characters who have died and chart a new course following the events of the first film. For now, The Tomorrow War is available to watch exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.