Joe Johnston Looking to Direct Alien Invasion Sci-Fi Film 'Extinction'
Yes! While it may not be a Star Wars movie (yet), it sounds like director Joe Johnston (of Honey I Shrunk the Kids, The Rocketeer, Jumanji, October Sky, JP3, Hidalgo, Wolfman and Captain America: The First Avenger previously) is considering an alien invasion sci-fi project for his next movie. In a very short news story on THR, they say that Johnston is currently in talks to direct a sci-fi project titled Extinction, being produced by David Hoberman & Todd Lieberman of Mandeville (The Fighter, The Muppets, Warm Bodies, 21 & Over). Not many plot details are known right now, but it does involve an alien invasion, but of course.
Extinction comes from a script written by Spenser Cohen (Macklemore's Big Surprise, The Driver). The only plot THR gives: "it does involve a man trying to save his family with an alien invasion figuring into the proceedings." The script was on the 2013 Black List with only this synopsis: "A man must do everything he can to save his family from an alien invasion." After finishing up Captain America, Joe Johnston went on to direct a small thriller called Not Safe For Work starring Max Minghella, still waiting to be released (likely this year). Since then he's been attached to the Gotti biopic with John Travolta and possibly considered for Star Wars. We'll have to keep an eye on this project and his others to see where he goes next in his career.
Is this a good move for Joe Johnston? Will he able to direct a solid sci-fi alien invasion film?