Netflix Buys Rights For Universal’s ‘Extinction’

If you are a studio that happens to have a delayed science fiction film with touches of horror that has been delayed multiple times, it looks like you may be in luck!  In what appears to be a new trend for streaming giant Netflix, the company has announced that it has acquired Universal’s M.I.A film Extinction.

Variety is reporting that Netflix just bought the rights to Extinction (starring Michael Pena and Lizzy Caplan) for broadcast sometime later this year.

Extinction was originally scheduled for a November 2017 release, but Universal pulled the film from their schedule, and never updated the status of the project.  The film focuses on Pena’s character, as he begins to have “…a recurring nightmare of losing his family and that bad dream becomes a 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 his family safe from harm.”

Just this past Super Bowl Sunday, Netflix made the surprise announcement that they had acquired the rights to the third Cloverfield film, The Cloverfield Paradox (and you can read the HNN review right here), solving the long standing mystery of when this film was finally going to be released.

The film also stars Mike Colter, Lilly Aspell, Emma Booth, Israel Broussard, and Lex Shrapnel and is directed by Ben Young.

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Nick joined the website in 2015. His lifelong love of comics and horror began with Universal Monsters and the Incredible Hulk. He has fond memories of going to Waldbaum’s supermarket with his mother and being rewarded with a 3-pack of sealed comics. It’s been all downhill from there… Since those early days, his life has been immersed in four color action and scares on the silver screen.
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