Amazon MGM Studios has landed a big sci-fi movie package in "Mercy", starring Chris Pratt and directed by Timur Bekmambetov.
The movie is set to receive a global theatrical release and is slated to begin filming in the spring.
The project puts Pratt back in business with Amazon, which acquired his Skydance movie "The Tomorrow War" from Paramount and turned into a big Prime Video hit during the coronavirus pandemic. He also has the series "The Terminal List" on Prime.
The movie also represents a reunion for Pratt and Bekmambetov, who both worked on the latter’s 2008 Hollywood directorial debut "Wanted", a $342 million-grossing, Oscar-nominated blockbuster based on Mark Millar’s comic book.
Written by Marco van Belle (Arthur & Merlin), Mercy is set in the near future when capital crime has increased and follows a detective (Pratt) who is accused of a violent crime and forced to prove his innocence.
Charles Roven, who just received a second Best Picture Oscar nomination for Oppenheimer, will produce Mercy under his Atlas Entertainment alongside the label’s SVP Robert Amidon as part of the production team alongside Bekmambetov with his production banner BEL’s executive Majd Nassif.
"Mercy" is the first of the titles that Amazon MGM Studios is greenlighting for theatrical distribution. In their vast slate, similar to other studios, some movies are released for the big screen, while others are designated for Prime Video.
The pic expands Pratt’s relationship with Amazon MGM, Prime Video has a second season of "The Terminal List" and also ordered the prequel "The Terminal List: Dark Wolf", which will also star Taylor Kitsch, to series.