Universal Removes ‘Extinction’ From Release Schedule

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Universal Pictures has removed sci-fi/horror film Extinction from their release schedule.

The film was originally scheduled for a January 26th release.  It has not been rescheduled at this time. The move is not a surprising one, as no trailer or poster has ever been released for the film, even though the start date is only two months away.

The film stars Michael Pena and Lizzy Kaplan and is directed by Ben Young.  Extinction has been described by Young as “…nothing I’d ever read before. It’s a sci-fi family drama. It’s about a guy trying to redeem himself within his family in the midst of an alien invasion.”

The movie may be a strategic one on Universal’s part.  Universal will release Insidious: The Last Key on January 5th and may have wanted to give the horror staple a chance to generate the most income possible during a weak winter month.  More importantly, the company is keeping Extinction away from both Maze Runner: The Death Cure (January 26th) and the still untitled Cloverfield movie and Winchester: the House that Ghosts Built which both open on February 2nd.

If you are looking for more information on upcoming horror movie releases, be sure to check out 2018’s Horror News Network Winter Horror Movie Preview, available in late December.


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Nick Banks
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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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