It's no longer uncommon for actors to get their start in television, become major movie stars, and then head back to the small screen for passion projects or prestige shows on premium cable or streamers. As most of us probably remember (because it wasn't that long ago), Chris Pratt is someone who was known for his work on shows like Everwood and Parks and Recreation until he broke out as Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014. Now, though, he's set to take a bit of a break from evading dinosaurs and evil aliens for a return to the small screen.
Chris Pratt has signed on to star in and executive produce The Terminal List, which is based on the popular conspiracy thriller by Jack Carr. The Terminal List follows Lieutenant Commander James Reece, who comes home from war after his entire platoon of Navy SEALs is ambushed while in the midst of a covert mission of the utmost importance. But, Reece comes back with conflicting memories of what truly happened on that fateful day, and serious questions about the part he played in the deaths of his men.
As Reece begins to look into what happened, new evidence comes to light and he realizes that a far-reaching conspiracy was at work that day, and that the people involved are still after him and those that he loves. Chris Pratt has re-teamed with his The Magnificent Seven director, Antoine Fuqua, for The Terminal List, with Fuqua set to direct the series and also executive produce David DiGilio (executive producer and showrunner for CBS All Access' Strange Angel) will be writing the drama and executive producing alongside Pratt and Fuqua.
Obviously, Chris Pratt has appeared in many dramatic roles since taking his skills to the big screen, including roles in Moneyball, Zero Dark Thirty and several big budget action adventure titles, but his part as Reece in The Terminal List will be more of a departure for Pratt, particularly where his television work is concerned. As mentioned earlier, Pratt is mostly known for lighter TV work. Everwood, while a drama, was not anywhere near as serious as The Terminal List will likely be, and, of course, Parks and Recreation was a sweet and frequently wacky comedy.
Pratt really made his mark on TV when he co-starred on the NBC sitcom as dim-witted (but lovable) Andy Dwyer for seven seasons. Andy was known for his flights of fancy (he had several aliases, including one which was an FBI agent), being less than ambitious (he lived in a giant dirt pit for a time) and having an extremely short attention span, but when he loved, he loved deeply, and never meant any harm to anyone. It sounds like Reece is going to be a very different character with challenges that poor Andy couldn't even imagine trying to handle, though.
There's no word right now on how many episodes we can expect to see from The Terminal List should it go to series, or which network / streaming service the show might land at, but stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest. In the meantime, check out our 2020 winter / spring premiere guide and Netflix schedule to see what's on TV right now!