Netflix has been changing the game when it comes to original content. Before they came along, throwing your film direct-to-video was considered less than. Netflix brought such high quality and originality to their original programming that the entire landscape of movie watching has changed. Their newly produced film, IO, looks to keep that train going. The film hits the streaming platform on January 18th, 2019.
In the not too distant future, Earth has become uninhabitable. Shuttles are prepared to take humanity off Earth and to somewhere new. Problem is, there aren’t enough seats for everyone. Micah and Sam all hoped they’d get a ticket for the next one, but as each one has come and gone, desperation grows. Now the very last possible shuttle is leaving and they will stop at nothing to be on it and escape Earth alive.
Sam, one of the last survivors on a post-cataclysmic Earth, is a young scientist dedicated to finding a way for humans to adapt and survive, rather than abandon their world. But with the final shuttle scheduled to leave the planet for a distant colony, her determination to stay is rocked by the arrival of another survivor, Micah. She must decide whether to journey with him to join the rest of humanity and begin life anew, or stay to fight for Earth’s survival. IO stars Margaret Qualley, Anthony Mackie, and Danny Huston and premieres January 18, 2019 only on Netflix.
Not many details have come out about this movie and production has been kept very hush hush. The trailer answers several questions right off the bat. For example, it was thought Diego Luna (Star Wars: Rogue One) was to star, but he is absent in the trailer and Anthony Mackie (the Avengers movies) is in the role Luna was expected to play. I love Mackie and am happy with his addition to the team. I am very happy too to see the other leads are the fantastic Danny Huston (The Proposition) and Margaret Qualley (The Good Guys). The trailer reveals writer Clay Jeter (Jess + Moss) has handed off directing duties to Jonathan Helpert (House of Time).
The film looks beautifully shot and has a world-class cast. The post-apocalyptic sci-fi subject matter is smack dab in the center of my wheelhouse. So, I am really looking forward to this one. Check out the trailer above and look for it streaming on Netflix come January 18th, 2019.