In what is becoming a worrying trend for the film industry, Netflix has opted not to release Mothership, a sci-fi project starring Halle Berry.
The film, written and directed by Mark Charman, completed filming in 2021 and had Berry on-board as an executive producer. As per the official logline given at the time of production:
“Berry will play a fearless woman whose husband mysteriously vanishes, but when she discovers a strange extraterrestrial object beneath her home, she and her children set out to find him and uncover the truth behind his disappearance — which may involve the CIA.”
However, the line given for the genre project’s sudden scrapping is that it “couldn’t be completed after multiple delays in post-production.”
Speculation persists that Netflix cancelled the almost-complete film due to concerns over Berry’s popularity. It is thought that following the failure of 2021’s sci-fi tale Moonfall, that the company expressed misgivings about the appetite for the actress in a similar role.
So, what happens now? Well, it’s possible that Netflix will sell Mothership to another studio, or, as with some recent high-profile projects, the film may never see the light of day.
Mothership is just the latest in a long line of productions studios have shelved of late, deeming them not to their satisfaction. Why do they do this? Rather than spend more money marketing a film they are sure will fail, the studio shelves the completed project and then are able to claim a tax write-off, recouping their investment.
A sad fate for any film, regardless of the genre. However, genre and Berry fans alike need not fear! The actress still has the horror-thriller Never Let Go in the pipeline, so we might make a Scream Queen out of her yet!