When I was on the set of Zombieland a few months ago, screenwriters/producers Paul Wenick and Rhett Reese told me about a new project they were working on called Earth vs. Moon. At the time, the screenwriting duo has just turned in a first draft and were waiting to hear back. The project was in the very early stages of development. Burt now we have an update.
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While on the set of Zombieland, I had a chance to sit down and chat with writers/producers Paul Wenick and Rhett Reese in a round-table style interview. They talk about the television origins of the project, zombies in an amusement park, a meeting with John Carpenter, Horror comedies, Zombie rules, for the love of Twinkies, possible sequel or television series, the music of the film, writing the Venom spin-off movie for Marvel, Earth vs. Moon, improv on set, The Joe Schmo Show and writing action scenes. Read the full transcript after the jump.
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“Did they bring babes, man?”
After a long drought, original sci-fi seems to be back in the studio eye thanks to Cloverfield and I Am Legend (the latter was a remake, yes, but felt fresh). Producer Neil Moritz (IAL, xXx) and Columbia Pictures are gearing up to make a (space) alien invasion movie called Battle: Los Angeles from a spec script by Chris Bertolini (The General’s Daughter). There are shades of Starship Troopers and Cloverfield, as the film will follow a “Marine platoon’s encounter in the battle against an alien invasion on the streets of Los Angeles” and like J.J. Abrams monster smash, it won’t carry a heavy price tag according to Moritz, who, btw, loves it all…
“I love the idea, and I love the script. I like it all,” Moritz said to THR. “We are going to be in production within six months. What’s attractive to me is that it’s a huge event movie that can be done at a modest scale.”
Apparently, there won’t be much, if any, shaky cam. The title is definitely no Earth Vs. Moon and the premise sounds like it could leave the brain passed out on the beach nude, but I’m willing to give Moritz the benefit. Hopefully the locale, which Variety reports will start in Santa Monica and move to Los Angeles, opens up plenty of cheesy, mouth-agape celebritard cameos.