Interview with Jack Carr, Antoine Fuqua and David DiGilio: The list of terminals

The list of terminalsJames Reece’s hardened Navy SEAL may seem like a particularly original role to Chris Pratt, even after shining as Star-Lord in guardians of the galaxy, but that was the one author Jack Carr intended to take from the beginning. Since the actor’s time Parks and recreationCarr wrote his first novel not only with Pratt in mind, but with the hope of bringing in director Antoine Fuqua (training day) also on board.

His dreams came true, with The list of terminals now a hit series from Amazon that is currently being streamed on Prime Video. Not only has his favorite actor and director jumped on the project with enthusiasm, but David DiGilio acts as showrunner, and the star-studded cast that brings the supporting characters is incredible: Taylor Kitsch, Constance Wu, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Riley Keough, Patrick Schwarzenegger and Suite ..

Screen Rant talked to Carr, Fuqua and DiGilio about how they adapted the comic book novel and their hopes of evolving into a full-fledged franchise as they follow subsequent novels.

Screen speed: Jack is a character that fans have chosen since the release. When I read something, I imagine someone, but I read that one imagines a certain person like James Reece all the time. Can you tell me about it and what it means to have Chris Pratt in that role?

Jack Carr: Of course I can. As a kid in the 80s, it was so natural for me to think of someone who would eventually play the character I wrote in Chapter 1 while I was still in the Navy, and no one had heard of me before.

I was thinking of Chris Pratt playing that role, because at the time, he hadn’t made Guardians of the Galaxy, not made Avengers, not made Jurassic World. He was in Parks and Rec, so I got to see his transformation into a SEAL operator in Zero Dark Thirty. I saw that transformation and I saw someone who was inherently sympathetic on and off screen. And I thought, “Who is this person who has to take a risk?”

As I continued to write and his film career began to unfold, I thought to myself, “He’s someone who has to take risks.” Like Tom Hanks did after making comedies through the 80s, took a risk with Philadelphia in the early 90s and then he can write his own ticket from there. The world is opening up. I thought, “Who is this person for this generation?” I thought, “This is Chris Pratt. He can bring that character to life.”

So he’s the only person I’ve ever thought of playing the role, and Antoine is the only person I’ve ever thought of directing. For once again, of course, it makes sense to choose your actor, director, and editor while sitting in your closet in Coronado, California, while still a SEAL; press away. And that it actually happens is pretty surreal.

I would say we all think about it. But for this to actually happen? It’s incredible.

Antoine Fuqua: Jack was in a small room writing when they jumped out of a plane. “I’ll be right back!”

Jack Carr: “Wait guys! Take the trip.”

Dave DiGilio: “Chapter 43! I have one more. “

I like that you look Parks and recreationbecause it just makes me think you’re looking at Burt Macklin, FBI.

Jack Carr: That’s right. Everyone is talking about it. I think there’s a Roadhouse and there’s a First Blood knockoff he’s doing there too. These are obviously two very important films for my childhood and my education.

Antoine, what was the hardest part of adapting in the novel, but you knew you would not give up? You knew you had to find a way to do it.

Antoine Fuqua: Alt. I wanted to keep everything. There’s nothing I would drop, and I do not think we did. Luckily we had a good team. Dave is an amazing writer and showrunner, and the team we had in the writers room. We tried to hold everything back. I was just greedy when I read the book; I wanted it all in there. And I think we pretty much have everything in there – maybe a little different form sometimes, but the same feeling and the same idea.

Dave DiGilio: Yeah, it’s like the same puzzle with pieces just a little bit different places. And I think that’s cool, because you’ll get some surprises as a book fan when you watch the show. And if you then go the other way, as a fan of the show in the book, you will have the same feeling of surprise.

I think it really is that kind of hallmark of big adjustments; if you can respect the hardware, offer those fans something new in the experience. Make it feel brand new again and you have done something cool.

Jack Carr: It was important for the whole team to keep all these changes rooted in the foundation of the novel – the dark, grainy, primitive, authentic foundation. So for me to see it, and to see them achieve it with the changes? As a writer, you can’t ask for more than that. These guys completely smashed it and knocked it out of the park.

For people who work backwards, they watch the show that is considered this big, long movie and then realize that there are so many other novels out there. Can you see yourself reuniting and doing more? Do you think this could be a great franchise that we dive into?

Jack Carr: We’ll see.

Dave Digilio: Crossing fingers.

Antoine Fuqua: That’s the goal. We definitely went in with the big picture of wanting to do it. So if we are blessed and [are] successful, Amazon will do it again.

Dave Digilio: Yes, we have a roadmap for each season ahead of us. The only problem is that this man writes one book a year and it takes us much longer to make a show.

Jack Carr: I do not know what their problem is.

[Laughs] Dave Digilio: We’re trying to keep up! Antoine Fuqua: We are not SEELS!

The list of terminals Synopsis

The terminal list follows James Reece (Chris Pratt) after his entire division of Navy SEALs has been raided while on a secret mission. Reece returns home to his family with conflicting memories of the event and questions about his guilt. As new evidence emerges, Reece discovers dark forces working against him, endangering not only his life but also those he loves.

Watch our interview with The list of terminals stars Chris Pratt and Taylor Kitsch, Constance Wu and JD Pardo, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Riley Keough and Tyner Rushing, and LaMonica Garrett and Jeanne Tripplehorn.

The list of terminals is now streamed on Prime Video.

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