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“HOUNDS OF LOVE” director’s “EXTINCTION” finds new life at Netflix

Thursday, February 8, 2018 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

Ben Young (pictured) made a remarkable directorial debut with last year’s HOUNDS OF LOVE, and his follow-up feature has gone the CLOVERFIELD PARADOX route from major-studio release to Netflix premiere title.

Variety reports that Young’s EXTINCTION, previously set for a theatrical opening last month by Universal Pictures, has been picked up by Netflix for streaming release later in 2018. Scripted by Eric Heisserer (ARRIVAL) from an earlier screenplay by Spenser Cohen and Bradley Caleb Kane, EXTINCTION stars Michael Pena as a man who is plagued by bad dream about losing his family, and then faces a waking nightmare when he must protect his wife (Lizzy Caplan) and children from an invading force intent on destroying Earth. The cast also includes Israel Broussard (HAPPY DEATH DAY), Emma Booth from HOUNDS, Mike Colter, Tom Riley, Lilly Aspell and Lex Shrapnel.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.