The producing/directing team behind Universal Soldier, Stargate and Independence Day, Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, are now officially back together and working on Independence Day 2. Devlin confirmed this in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter and though there’s no timetable on the release, discussions have begun with the returning cast members and the 2013 3D re-release of the first film will probably fit in somewhere. But wait, haven’t we heard all this before?
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Posted on Thursday, June 7th, 2012 by Angie Han
Jamie Foxx will next be seen playing a freed slave turned bounty hunter for Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained, but his role after that will have him climbing all the way to the tippy-top of American society.
The star has just entered talks to play the President of the United States in the thriller White House Down, one of two competing projects being described as “Die Hard in the White House.” This version of the premise comes from director Roland Emmerich and writer James Vanderbilt (Zodiac), has Channing Tatum attached to star, and all in all seems to be farther along. More details after the jump.
UPDATE: Shortly after we posted this story, news broke that Maggie Gyllenhaal had also boarded the cast, in the female lead role of a “patriotic” Secret Service agent.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 by Angie Han
Even as Mitt Romney and Barack Obama race to win the White House, Roland Emmerich and Antoine Fuqua are competing to take it down. Both filmmakers are signed on to direct projects described as “Die Hard on Pennsylvania Avenue” — Columbia’s White House Down for Emmerich, and Millennium’s Olympus Has Fallen for Fuqua. While Fuqua’s film has had Gerard Butler attached for a couple of months now, Emmerich has just cast Channing Tatum, who’s just coming off of three films and has two more due out this year. More details after the jump.
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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]
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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