Sony has set a November 1, 2013 release date for their Roland Emmerich-directed action film, White House Down. Written by James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider-Man, Zodiac) it’s about a “paramilitary take over of the White House,” basically Die Hard meets Air Force One.
Emmerich had previously reserved that date for his sci-fi film Singularity, but with it being put on hold, White House Down will move first, likely to get ahead of a rival project called White House Taken starring Gerald Butler. Emmerich has just begun casting his film. [THR]
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Roland Emmerich has already blown up the White House, in Independence Day, and now he’s going to oversee a hostile takeover of the joint. The director is in talks to make White House Down, the script that The Amazing Spider-Man and Zodiac writer James Vanderbilt recently sold to Sony for a cool three million dollars. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011 by Angie Han
As we head into Thanksgiving weekend and gear up to watch what feels like a dozen new releases this weekend, FilmDistrict and Sony have quietly announced new release dates for a few of their projects.
That long-delayed Red Dawn remake that FilmDistrict picked up earlier this fall is now scheduled to drop next fall, while Sony’s Pixels and Singularity have both set dates for 2013. Meanwhile, we finally have a set date for that Kathryn Bigelow project about Osama bin Laden. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, November 10th, 2011 by Angie Han
Perhaps working on Anonymous, a film about the “real” writer behind William Shakespeare’s works, has inspired a renewed respect for language in director Roland Emmerich. Or, more likely, maybe that picture’s poor box office performance has given Emmerich and his studio a case of nerves. Whatever the case, Sony has put the brakes on Singularity, the $175 million sci-fi epic that Emmerich has lined up as his next project.
Emmerich and co-writer Harald Kloser will be using that extra time to develop the screenplay, with some additional help from singularity expert and futurist Ray Kurzweil. As a term, “singularity” refers to the hypothetical emergence of an artificial super-intelligence greater than our own human intelligence. More info, including plot details, after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, October 27th, 2011 by Angie Han
Everything else we loved growing up is getting a belated sequel, so why not Independence Day? Fifteen years after Roland Emmerich‘s alien-invasion movie became a smash hit, grossing $800 million worldwide, Fox is gearing up to produce two back-to-back sequels. Emmerich and his writing and producing partner Dean Devlin are said to be close to completing the scripts, which will tell one story in two parts.
Whether star Will Smith will be back is another question, but the studio is reportedly prepared to move on without him if necessary. More details after the jump.
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You’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t like one of the following four movies: The Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, Independence Day or Batman. Odds are everyone likes at least one of those films (or film series), probably very passionately in fact. And if that’s the case, you’ll definitely want to hit the jump on this story. After the jump we’ve got information on the following:
- Empire Magazine has an exclusive video of Sean Astin, Elijah Wood, Domenic Monaghan and Billy Boyd reuniting on the 10th anniversary of the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
- Access Hollywood is reporting the sequel to J.J. Abrams‘ 2009 Star Trek will not be simply called Star Trek 2.
- Roland Emmerich is at it again, saying he’s talked to Will Smith about coming back for Independence Day 2.
- Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises won’t film at Occupy Wall Street as production hits the Big Apple.
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In Hollywood, everyone is always looking for a foot in the door. The belief is once you get that foot in the door, the sky is the limit. Dante Harper certainly believes that. The screenwriter developed Black Hole for David Fincher which led him to rewrite Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, he’s penned a Timothy McVeigh biopic called Dreamland and his biggest break, All You Need Is Kill, is now casting under director Doug Liman.
His star keeps rising, too, because Sony just hired Harper to adapt Isaac Asimov‘s Foundation which Roland Emmerich has been attached to since 2009. Last we heard, Emmerich wanted to film make the sci-fi trilogy “very different from other science-fiction movies” without “the burden of too big a budget.” Harper must bring that to the project. Read more after the jump. Read More »
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Good news: Roland Emmerich passed on a big sci-fi project. But there’s no news here about the director deciding not to do an adaptation of Isaac Asimov‘s classic sci-fi novel series Foundation, alas. Instead he has passed on the sci-fi film for which is is exceptionally well-suited: a big-screen story inspired by Atari’s game Asteroids.
Emmerich was linked to Asteroids last year, but now as he promotes his Shakespeare conspiracy film Anonymous (which is actually garnering no small praise at TIFF) the director says he decided to skip the Atari film in favor of making Singularity, a sci-fi film picked up by Sony earlier this year, and about which we know relatively little. Read More »