Roland Emmerich, the director of the two ‘Independence Day’ movies, as well as other disaster flicks, has announced a new cinematic project called ‘Moonfall’, which is about — what else?– the moon… falling. Out of the sky. Into the Earth. Because what the hell else would it be about?
Because this apparently requires three writers, Emmerich is penning the screenplay with Harald Kloser and Spenser Cohen. Kloser collaborated with Emmerich previously on the gems ‘10,000 BC’, and ‘2012’. He also worked as composer and producer on Emmerich’s Golden Trailer Award-winning ‘White House Down’ and ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’. Cohen previously co-wrote the screenplay for ‘Extinction’, a movie that was intended to be released in theaters, but instead went straight to Netflix.
Emmerich’s Centropolis Entertainment is producing this project. While Americans got their fill of disaster porn in the 1990s, that kind of thing still plays well overseas, so ‘Moonfall’ is being shopped around at the Marché du Film at Cannes. Emmerich’s continued support in foreign markets helped him sell his World War II picture, ‘Midway’ at this function last year.
“‘Moonfall’ imagines a disaster in which a mysterious force knocks the moon from its orbit, sending it on a collision course towards Earth. With little time to spare, a ragtag team launches a last-ditch mission to the moon, hoping to solve the mystery and save Earth from annihilation.”
‘Moonfall’ is likely to sell, because foreign audiences eat up these big CGI extravaganzas. The film will likely need to secure financing before things like casting can begin, but just because this sounds like a Syfy Original from ten years ago doesn’t mean A-listers won’t sign on for a guaranteed paycheck and further exposure overseas. ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ landed Liam Hemsworth and Jessie T. Usher. ‘Midway’ stars Darren Criss, Aaron Eckhart, Luke Evans, Woody Harrelson, Nick Jonas, Mandy Moore, Dennis Quaid, Ed Skrein, and Patrick Wilson!
‘Midway’ arrives on November 8, 2019. Check back for further updates on ‘Moonfall’ as they arrive.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter