Director Ben Young followed up his hugely acclaimed festival hit Hounds of Love with sci-fi nightmare Extinction, which was set for release from Universal Pictures in January. That however, is no longer the case, with Universal having removed the film from its release slate with no explanation, and no rescheduled date yet given.
The film, which is currently in the final stages of post-production, follows a man whose recurring dream of losing his family becomes a reality when the planet is invaded by a force bent on widespread violence and destruction. Fighting for his family’s lives, he discovers an unknown inner strength to keep them safe from harm.
American Hustle’s Michael Peña (pictured) stars in Extinction alongside Lizzy Caplan (Cloverfield, The Disaster Artist), Mike Colter (TV’s Luke Cage) and Emma Booth, who starred in Hounds of Love. Eric Heisserer (Arrival, Lights Out) wrote the film from an earlier script by Spenser Cohen and Brad Kane.
A lot of eyes are on Young following Hounds of Love, and it’s a shame to see his studio debut snatched from release. Hopefully Universal will announce a new date soon.
Words: Kevan Farrow (@KevanX)