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Universal Fights off Alien Invasion with the Writer of ‘Arrival’

Michael Pena in Sony's End of Watch

Universal Pictures has acquired the sci-fi thriller Extinction in a competitive bidding war, Variety writes.

Michael Pena (Ant-Man) stars in the movie, from Good Universe and Mandeville Films, as a man trying to save his family from an alien invasion. Ben Young will direct. Young’s debut feature, Hounds of Love, premiered at last year’s Venice Days and took home the best actress prize for Ashleigh Cummings.

Academy Award nominee Eric Heisserer (Arrival, Lights Out) wrote the screenplay with Spenser Cohen (Moonfall), and Bradley Caleb Kane.

Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman of Mandeville will produce. Mandeville’s Alexander Young will executive produce, alongside Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake of Good Universe. Anna Halberg will serve as co-producer.

Exec VP of production Erik Baiers and creative executive Mika Pryce will oversee production for Universal. Erin Westerman will work on behalf of Good Universe.



  • Alanmac

    Hated Arrival but I’ll still give this a go…..probably.

    • Peter Poulos

      I can see why someone would not enjoy Arrival due to its slow pace but hate it? I don’t see how anyone could hate such brain stimulating film.

    • gold167

      yes I agree with you Arrival was overhyped scifi nonsense, I like Michael Pena so I will give this a chance too

    • Simon Allen

      Arrival was a real yawn wasn’t it .

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