Universal has yanked the alien invasion thriller ‘Extinction’ from its schedule.  The film was due to be released on January 26, 2018.  There was no explanation given, but thus far, no promotional material has been released, not even a trailer.

Ben Young directed the film, based on a script by Eric Heisserer, Spenser Cohen and Bradley Caleb Kane.  ‘Extinction’ stars Michael Peña, Lizzy Caplan, Mike Colter, Lilly Aspell, Emma Booth, Israel Broussard, Lex Shrapnel, Erica Tremblay, Amelia Crouch and Nikola Kent.

Here is the film’s description:

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.

Young said of his film:

“It’s like nothing I’d ever read before.  It’s about a guy trying to redeem himself within his family in the midst of an alien invasion.”

This marks Young’s second feature, after the low-budget 1980s-based ‘Hounds of Love’, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival this year to strong reviews.  He previously directed the TV series ‘Prank Patrol’, ‘Castaway’ and ‘Trapped’.

Peña was seen in the recent adaptation ‘CHIPS’ as Ponch, but may best remembered for playing Luis, Scott Lang’s best friend in ‘Ant-Man’.  He will reprise the role in next year’s ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’.  He will also appear in next year’s splashy Disney film ‘A Wrinkle In Time’.  He is a prolific voice actor and was heard this year in ‘My Little Pony: The Movie’ and ‘The LEGO Ninjago Movie’.

Caplan is rumored to appear in Fox’s ‘Gambit’ based on the Marvel Comics superhero.  She may also be recognized from the TV series ‘Masters of Sex’ and the recent James Franco biopic ‘The Disaster Artist’, based on the actor/director Tommy Wiseau and his infamously terrible film ‘The Room’.

We’ll keep you posted if things change regarding ‘Extinction’.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter