Netflix Buys Michael Peña-Lizzy Caplan Thriller Extinction From Universal

Well, it looks like Netflix has yet another feather in its cap. Just a few days after Netflix released The Cloverfield Paradox on their streaming platform, we’re getting another report of them acquiring another potentially big film.

According to Variety, Netflix has purchased the worldwide rights to a new thriller called Extinction from Universal. This move comes just two months after Universal pulled it from their release schedule. The film will be released later this year.

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Extinction stars Michael Peña and Lizzy Caplan, who play a husband and wife. The story follows Peña’s character, who has a recurring nightmare of losing his family, and this apparently becomes a reality “when the planet is invaded by a force bent on destruction.” Mike Colter also stars in the film.

We can’t help but wonder which came first — Universal removing the film from their schedule or their talks with Netflix? We can see them looking at the finished product, and maybe deciding it’s not worth releasing, only for Netflix to swing in and make a bit offer. After all, at this point, Netflix seems more interested in getting as many original films as possible. However, it’s also possible that Universal pulled the film in response to the talks with Netflix.

While we may not ever find out which came first, whether or not the film is ultimately good will indeed be very telling.

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SOURCE: Variety

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