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As a developing streaming service, Amazon Prime is trying to carve its own niche in a competitive streaming market. And with the success of Jack Ryan, they might've found their target audience. In the spirit of that rugged, macho, action-friendly series, we've got The Terminal List, a television adaptation of Jack Carr's 2018 novel starring Chris Pratt as a former Navy SEAL out for vengeance after a deadly ambush. Currently in the midst of production, we're still learning more information about this upcoming series, but we do know some interesting facts about the thrilling show, which we can share with you now. Here's what we know (so far) about Amazon Prime's The Terminal List.
The Terminal List Will Star Chris Pratt, Marking His Return To TV
Though he found his first brushes of A-list stardom when he played Peter Quill, i.e. Star-Lord, in Guardians of the Galaxy, Chris Pratt made a name for himself as the affable (and dim-witted) Andy Dwyer on NBC's Parks and Recreation. Even before then, though, the actor was seen as Bright Abbott in The WB's Everwood, and he provided a recurring role in Fox's The OC. Suffice to say, while big blockbusters like Jurassic World and The LEGO Movie elevated his star status, he built his career on TV. Now, Pratt will return to the tube with Amazon Prime's The Terminal List, which he will also executive produce.
Particularly with the massive success of The Tomorrow War earlier this year, it's clear that Amazon is eager to stay in the Chris Pratt business from this point forward. This show seems a good way to keep the star on their payroll and potentially create another Jack Ryan-esque hit for their service. We'll have to wait to see how the new series fares.
It’s Based On The Novel Of The Same Name By Jack Carr
Published in 2018, Jack Carr's debut novel, The Terminal List, became an instant hit, earning early praise and quick readership. A fast-paced, high-octane page-turner filled with pulse-pounding thrills and any number of kills, it's easy to see why Hollywood wanted to translate the story from the page to the screen. That's what we'll get with Amazon Prime's latest TV adaptation — with Carr attached as an executive producer.
Especially with Jack Carr's involvement in this upcoming series, we should expect the streaming show to follow the book's action-heavy narrative. Or, at the very least, The Terminal List will have his creative input, even if the story veers in a different direction.
The Terminal List Follows A Navy SEAL Investigating Why His Platoon Was Ambushed During A High-Stakes Covert Operation
During a covert mission, James Reece's (Chris Pratt) entire platoon of Navy SEALs is ambushed. Returning home to his family with conflicting flashbacks of the events that transpired, James questions his culpability and responsibility in this terrible tragedy. But when new evidence comes to light, James discovers a trail of dark secrets about the forces working around him. In the process, the soldier endangers himself, and the lives of those he loves, as he attempts to figure out what exactly went down on that ill-fated day. The more information he finds, the more James' allegiances are put into question.
The Amazon Prime Series Started Shooting Earlier This Year And It’s Expected To Come Out In Early 2022
Cameras are officially rolling on Amazon Prime's The Terminal List. The gun-friendly show started shooting back in March, and it's expected to film for another few months, leading up to its rumored early 2022 release. Amazon hasn't announced the specific date yet, but the upcoming streaming series is reportedly penned in for that time frame. We should expect The Terminal List to make quite a splash when it premieres next year.
The Terminal List Cast Includes Taylor Kitsch, Constance Wu, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Riley Keough, Patrick Schwarzenegger, And Jai Courtney
In addition to Chris Pratt leading the proceedings, Amazon Prime's The Terminal List will also star Taylor Kitsch (Waco), Constance Wu (Hustlers), Jeanne Tripplehorn (Big Love), Riley Keough (Mad Max: Fury Road), Patrick Schwarzenegger (Daniel Isn't Real), and Arlo Mertz (Mank). Additionally, Jai Courtney (Suicide Squad) is attached to play an antagonistic recurring role later in the season. Furthermore, LaMonica Garrett, Alexis Louder, Tom Amandes, JD Pardo, Christina Vidal Mitchell, Jared Shaw, Catherine Dyer, Remi Adeleke, and Hiram A. Murray are expected to round out this expansive ensemble.
Half The Show’s Writing Staff Are Veterans Or Have Veterans In Their Families, And Veterans And Their Families Are Involved In Other Jobs, Too
While many shows pay lip service to honoring the troops and combat veterans, Amazon Prime's The Terminal List went one step forward in terms of paying tribute, reverence, and gratitude. Specifically, half of the show's writing staff members are either veterans or family members of veterans, as Variety reported, and that's also true of the series' other staff jobs. It's not merely about bringing authenticity to the page and screen; the showrunners believe it's their duty to respect and employ the troops however they can, and their work will hopefully result in a more enriched and impactful streaming show.
The Terminal List Is Directed By The Magnificent Seven’s Antoine Fuqua
Following the critical and commercial triumph of his third film, 2001's Training Day, director Antoine Fuqua has crafted a brisk career, especially in recent years. He later went on to helm Tears of the Sun, Shooter, Brooklyn's Finest, Olympus Has Fallen, The Equalizer 1 & 2, Southpaw, and The Magnificent Seven, which starred Chris Pratt. Earlier this year, Fuqua called the shots on Paramount+'s Infinite and he also has Netflix's The Guilty on the horizon. Now, he'll direct The Terminal List, which reunites him with Pratt.
While Antoine Fuqua has primarily worked on the big screen, he has dived into TV on occasion, notably with Audience Network's Ice. This show, however, is expected to be one of his biggest projects. With that said, it's unclear how much Fuqua is committed to directing this series. Some articles suggest that he's directing the whole thing, rather than simply the pilot, though he's also working on Apple TV+'s Emancipation, which is now in production. So, one assumes that Fuqua will only direct a sliver of this series.
This Show Is Gonna Get Bloody
There's also something else you should know about this show: it's gonna get bloody. At least, that's the tease we got from Jack Carr's Twitter account, where he provided some behind-the-scenes photos from the set of The Terminal List, including one particularly nasty shot (no pun intended) involving what we can only assume was a violent affair, based on the bullet holes and the blood splatter. As the author writes, things will get "primal, dark, gritty, visceral, and violent." So, if you're queasy, you better take notice. It's called The Terminal List, after all. You can check out Carr's gory and grisly tweet below:
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Will is an entertainment writer based in Pittsburgh, PA. His writing can also be found in The Playlist, Cut Print Film, We Got This Covered, The Young Folks, Slate and other outlets. He also co-hosts the weekly film/TV podcast Cinemaholics with Jon Negroni and he likes to think he's a professional Garfield enthusiast.
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