US media reports indicate that the sci-fi film, The Mothership, starring Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry, will not be released on Netflix. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film was shelved due to the need for significant reshoots during post-production. Filming was completed in 2021 by co-producer Berry and her team, with a planned release in 2022. Neither Berry nor Netflix have commented on the matter publicly.
In February 2021, Netflix announced Berry’s role in The Mothership as part of their new releases preview. The film was described as a sci-fi adventure where Berry’s character, Sara Morse, embarks on a journey to find her husband who mysteriously disappeared from their farm after discovering an alien object under their home.
Multiple US entertainment news outlets suggest that the film’s lengthy post-production delays led to Netflix’s decision not to proceed with it. The film was set to be the directorial debut of British Oscar nominee Matthew Charman.
Berry has a multi-picture deal with Netflix and made her directorial debut on the platform with her drama, Bruised, in 2020. She is also set to co-star in an upcoming action thriller, The Union, with Mark Wahlberg.
Netflix reported a surge in sign-ups at the end of last year due to its crackdown on password-sharing, adding over 13.1 million subscriptions in the final quarter. This marked the highest growth for any quarter since 2020. The streaming giant expressed confidence in its growth trajectory and plans to increase prices.