Just two months before it was set to open in theatres, Universal Pictures have announced that they are removing Extinction from its release slate – with no replacement date given. Directed by Ben Young (Hounds of Love, 2016), the plot of Extinction revolves around a father who has a recurring dream of losing his family. His nightmare turns into reality when the planet is invaded by a force bent on destruction.
Michael Peña (Ant-Man, Crash) and Lizzy Caplan (Now You See Me 2, Allied) star as a husband and wife struggling to save their family from said apocalyptic event. Young himself spoke to The Hollywood Reporter in May, seven days into his shoot in Serbia for Extinction. He had this to say:
“It’s like nothing I’d ever read before… It’s about a guy trying to redeem himself within his family in the midst of an alien invasion.”
If that sounds just too cliché to get excited about, it is worth noting that Young directed the piece from a script written by Eric Heisserer, who earned an Oscar nomination for last year’s sci-fi themed hit Arrival – so there could be something to it.
No explanation has been given regarding why the film has been pushed back, although Variety are reporting that the move will allow the studio to “explore other options”, which is nice and ambiguous. The move may have simply been tactical; Extinction would have had some strong competition as it was set to open against Fox’s science-fiction adventure Maze Runner: The Death Cure and Sony’s Matthew McConaughey crime drama White Boy Rick.
Universal’s upcoming films include Pitch Perfect 3, Insidious: The Last Key and Fifty Shades Freed. We may very well review one of them; we’re sure you can figure out which it is going to be.
It’s Pitch Perfect 3, obviously.