Michael Peña in Extinction Trailer

Right now, you can catch Michael Peña stealing scenes in the Marvel Studios sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp. But later this month, he’ll be taking the lead in a sci-fi thriller over at Netflix.

Extinction follows Michael Peña as a husband and father who finds his sleep interrupted by visions of a deadly alien invasion. At first, they’re nothing more than bad dreams, but when a real attack by alien invaders begins, he realizes that everything he has seen is a future he had not yet lived, making him the key to his family’s survival. Watch the Extinction trailer below. Read More »

Extinction Netflix

In what seems to be a continuing trend, Extinction has become the latest film once intended for theatrical release to find itself sold to Netflix. The film, starring Michael Pena and Lizzy Caplan, was pulled by Universal from its theatrical release two months ago. Now, it will skip theaters entirely and end up on everyone’s favorite streaming service.

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Joe Johnston

Briefly: Director Joe Johnston had a comeback of sorts with the first Captain America, which solidified Chris Evans as a star and helped a lot of people forget about the ill-fated The Wolf Man that Johnston took over from Mark Romanek. His follow-up to Cap was the Jason Blum-produced Not Safe For Work, with Max Minghella, which hasn’t gone out to theaters yet.

Now Johnston has set a new project set: an alien invasion film called Extinction, a “contained sci-fi thriller” written by Spenser Cohen. Producers are keeping details tight right now, but THR reports that the film “does involve a man trying to save his family with an alien invasion figuring into the proceedings.” When the script was picked up last fall, the story was vaguely compared to The Sixth Sense and Cloverfield, though that really doesn’t tell us anything useful.

The Black List 2013

Most year-end best-of lists consist of things that have already been produced, released, and consumed. But the Black List stands apart in that it’s all about the films that haven’t come out yet. Created by Franklin Leonard and Dino Sijamic, the annual compilation shines a light on the “most liked” unproduced screenplays of each year, as voted on by hundreds of Hollywood executives.

Not all of these films will get made, let alone made well, but the Black List still serves as a good indication of what projects are being buzzed about. Last year’s list included Transcendence and RodhamDjango Unchained and Saving Mr. Banks were among the highlights the year before that. Three out of the last five Best Picture winners were Black List scripts, as were seven of the past twelve screenwriting Oscar winners. Hit the jump to read titles and descriptions for the 72 that made the cut this year.

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