Netflix Saves Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Extinction’ from Dying Out


Back in November, we brought you the news that Universal Pictures sci-fi thriller Extinction was getting removed from its release slate. No explanation was given, although there was some speculation that the move was tactical, as Extinction would have had some strong competition from Fox’s Maze Runner: The Death Cure and Sony’s crime drama White Boy Rick.

Variety did report that the studio wanted to “explore other options”, but we didn’t know what that meant. Now, it looks like we now have our answer – it’s getting a Netflix release later this year.

It looks like the movie-streaming giants are trying to quench their insatiable appetite for new releases by picking up every horror castaway that comes along – the move comes days after the surprise release of the The Cloverfield Paradox, after all.

Michael-Pena.jpgActor Michael Peña

Directed by Ben Young (Hounds of Love, 2016), the plot of Extinction revolves around a father (Michael Peña, Ant-Man, 2015) plagued by a recurring dream of losing his family. His nightmare turns into reality when the planet is invaded by alien forces bent on destruction. Last summer, Young described the movie to The Hollywood Reporter as being like “nothing I’d ever read before”.

We’ll bring you more news as it becomes available. As we’ve mentioned before, the script was written by Eric Heisserer who earned an Oscar nomination for 2016’s sleeper hit Arrival, so Extinction could be an enjoyable watch.


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