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Can the Writer of ‘Arrival’ Save the Alien Invasion Subgenre?

Eric Heisserer was recently nominated for an Academy Award for his adapted screenplay of Arrival. The sci-fi drama is one of the first alien-themed genre films in what feels like decades to break mainstream and land among the all time greats. It’s Spielbergian and has the emotional impact of E.T. or even Close Encounters of the Third Kind. But because it was a drama, the film was carried by incredible acting and a touching story. Can Heisserer pull off a similar feat with a darker, more volatile alien invasion movie? He’s going to try…

Heisserer, along with Spenser Cohen and Brad Caleb Kane have penned Extinction, which will star Michael Pena (pictured; Chips, Ant-Man, End of Watch) as a man beset with a recurring dream of losing his family, followed by a brutal alien invasion of Earth. As he fights for his life, he discovers the strength to protect his family.

Ben Young is directing. Deadline first reported the news.



  • DJV1985

    I didn’t know it needed saving but saying that, I really want a film where Mankind doesn’t win. I’m bored of the whole “at the last minute the human race (or mostly America) manages to find a way to defeat the great and far superior alien menace” I’d really love a film where we lost. On that note, does anyone know of a good book or film that has mankind lose?


      The Taking by Dean Koontz was really good and the “aliens” kinda win, humans definitely lose. I can’t really say too much about it without ruining it, assuming you haven’t read it already. It’s more of a sci-fi horror alien invasion , think Invasion of the Body Snatchers meets Silent Hill with a touch of The Thing.

      • DJV1985

        Just bought this online for a couple of quid. I hope it’s good. I’m gonna hold your feet to the fire until I reach the final page (I’m finishing NOT ALONE Craig A. Falconer at the minute a really good book about alien disclosure).

        • WALKTER

          Well I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I haven’t read Not Alone, I hadn’t heard of it until now, thanks, sounds good. I read one called The Grays by Whitley Strieber, the author of Communion. The synopsis of Not Alone reminded me of that, so I’ll have to check that one out.

  • nowaygetreal

    Literally all I ask for in life is a good alien invasion movie.

  • Creepshow

    Michael Pena should have passed on CHIPs, he’s better than that. That movie looks like a colossal piece of shit, and Dax Shepard is a goofy, no talent tool.

  • lostboy408

    From most of what I read about the making of Arrival, it seems that Denis Villeneuve had a big hand in crafting the script. Based on Heisserer’s previous scripts, I’d have to say “No”.

    When handled by much more creative individuals, his scripts are solid, I guess. When not, we get complete shit.

    A Nightmare on Elm Street and Lights Out are anything but gold.

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