Netflix nabs sci-fi actioner Spectral for December release
James R | On 20, Nov 2016
Netflix has nabbed the global rights to sci-fi action flick Spectral.
The supernatural thriller, directed by Nic Mathieu, sees a Special Ops team of Delta Force troops and a DARPA scientist enter a war-torn city, where ghostly enemies are causing the unexplained deaths of civilians. Ghostbusters meets a war flick? It’s the kind of premise that already rings with cult potential, but the project’s appeal becomes even more readily apparent when you note the cast list, which includes James Badge Dale, Emily Mortimer and Bruce Greenwood.
Producer Legendary Pictures and distributor Universal originally planned to release it in US cinemas in August 2016, but scrapped the date earlier this year. Now, Deadline reports that Netflix has inked a deal with Legendary for the movie.
Penned by George Nolfi, based on a story by Ian Fried and Mathieu, the film was filmed primarily on location in Budapest, Hungary, relying on practical effects to establish its realistic, gritty atmosphere. The effects come courtesy of Peter Jackson’s Weta Workshop, handling the weaponry, with VFX created by Weta Digital. The score, meanwhile, is by Junkie XL.
The film will be released by Netflix worldwide on Friday 9th December. For more on what’s coming soon to Netflix UK, click here.