Joe Johnston Looking to Direct Alien Invasion Sci-Fi Film 'Extinction'

January 7, 2014
Source: THR

Joe Johnston

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?

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"A man must do everything he can to save his family from an alien invasion." William Faulkner, eat your heart out.

OfficialJab on Jan 7, 2014


Back in the day, way before Disney bought Lucasfilm, Johnston had an interest in directing a Boba Fett film. Considering that a Boba Fett film is one of the most heavily rumored spin-offs being seems like it would only be a natural fit to give it to a guy like Johnston who clearly has had a passion for doing a film about the character.

Chris Groves on Jan 7, 2014



DAVIDPD on Jan 7, 2014


What? It's not a superhero movie, so it's going to be bad? It's rare to see news of any film getting made that isn't a sequel or a new superhero flick. But given your previous comments I see you like the "safe" movies. Stick with Thor dude.

Chuckee Knowlton on Jan 8, 2014


LOL. Never assume, you just make an ass at out of you. Haha. Granted there is not a ton of information, this just sounds generic and boring.

DAVIDPD on Jan 8, 2014


Let's hope it's better than Battle LA and War of the Worlds. The execution could be great if done seriously and gritty.

Payne by name on Jan 8, 2014


Was Battle LA not "gritty"? I thought it was a pretty good representation of what it might be like if our military faced off against an alian invasion. War of the Worlds on the other hand I cannot defend.

Emdub52 on Jan 8, 2014


His last few directing outings do nothing to interest me in this movie. I love sci fi and would normally be excited, but his latest films are so generic and lack any heart.

ListenToVinyl on Jan 8, 2014

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