“Extinction” – Another Doomed Sci-Fi Movie Picked Up By Netflix

Less than a week after Netflix ‘rescued’ “The Cloverfield Paradox” from Paramount we’ve learnt through Variety that Netflix have also acquired another ‘doomed’ sci-fi flick, this time from Universal. “Extinction”, starring Lizzy Caplan and Michael Peña, was originally scheduled to be released at the end of January but was removed from the release schedule in November last year. Now, Netflix have the worldwide distribution rights and will be releasing the movie later in 2018. While the studio obviously felt that the film might not do well in the cinema, it would seem that Netflix feel it will have a good home on their streaming service.

A father has a recurring dream of losing his family. His nightmare turns into reality when the planet is invaded by a force bent on destruction. Fighting for their lives, he comes to realize an unknown strength to keep them safe from harm.

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4 thoughts on ““Extinction” – Another Doomed Sci-Fi Movie Picked Up By Netflix

  1. Getting good sized budget movies that studios are scared to release for a steal

    End of the day you pay for Netflix you get to try loads of movies and just turn them off

  2. Ben Young’s directing should be viewed as the culprit! Universal picked up the film based on script when Eric Heisserer was attached and on the basis of Pena and Caplan at Berlin Film Market, in what was then reported to be a fierce bidding war. Thankfully Eric Heisserer freed himself from the doomed project soon after.

    Everything that came after falls squarely at the feet of hired director Ben Young, who was quick to blame VFX delays on post companies that do not miss deadlines. More passing the buck for his own inadequacies as a director.
    Universal were desperate to get their investment out of this film because it’s a dog, all industry insiders know this.

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