Hounds of Love director Ben Young joins James McAvoy sci-fi Extinction

Stephen Curry and Emma Booth in Hounds of Love.

Perth director Ben Young is attached to direct American sci-fi thriller Extinction, from Good Universe and Mandeville Film.

Per Deadline, James McAvoy (X-Men, Last King of Scotland) is in talks to star in the film, which follows the story of man haunted by nightmares in which his wife is assaulted, and who is lauded as a hero when Earth is invaded by a destructive army.

The announcement comes off the back of Young’s success in Venice with his debut feature Hounds of Love.

David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman will produce, and the latest draft of the script has been penned by Brad Caleb Kane, with previous incarnations written by Eric Heisserer and Spenser Cohen.

Former IF editor Bec Smith is Young's literary agent at UTA. He's managed by Thruline Entertainment's Josh Kesselman.

Young graduated from Curtin with a BA (Film and Television) in 2003, and from the WA Screen Academy, Edith Cowan University, in 2006 with a Master of Professional Communications degree.