Joe Johnston set to direct an alien invasion movie

News Ryan Lambie 8 Jan 2014 - 06:13

Veteran director of The Rocketeer and Captain America is about to direct the alien invasion film Extinction, reports suggest...

Director Joe Johnston's a great director of adventure movies with an expert use of visual effects, as The Rocketeer and Captain America: The First Avenger proved. And while Johnston's most recent project Not Safe For Work is a relatively unusual project for the filmmaker - it's a low-budget, low-key-sounding thriller for Paranormal Activity producer Jason Blum - his next film could see Johnston back on more familiar territory.

He's currently in talks for Extinction, an alien invasion movie written by new screenwriter Spenser Cohen. The script was on the Black List of unfilmed screenplays last year, and the synopsis runs as follows:

"When Peter’s dreams about an alien invasion become reality, he fights desperately to protect his family while on the run from the invading forces. Along the way, he starts to question the reality of the world he’s living in..."

Although that's understandably vague, the premise alone sounds like a good fit for Johnston, whose background is in visual effects, but also has a real eye for drama, as 1999's October Sky proved. It's not quite the Star Wars movie he was once rumoured to be attached to, but who knows? He may still find time to direct a mooted Boba Fett movie fairly soon. Johnston did design the chap, after all.

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