Roland Emmerich, the director who blew up the White House in 1996’s Independence Day, may be taking another stab at causing mayhem at the famous home at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Deadline is reporting that Emmerich is in negotiations to helm White House Down for Sony.
Described as “Die Hard in the White House,” the spec script by the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man screenwriter James Vanderbilt was purchased by the studio last week for a record sum of $3 million. If that record purchase price didn’t mark this project as one to keep an eye on, the quick hiring of Emmerich for the director’s chair shows that the studio is intent on fast tracking this project. Deadline is also reporting that the studio wants to have the film in front of cameras by the fall, which would push production on Emmerich’s planned science-fiction film Singularity into 2013.
This is the second White House-related action project to be announced in the last couple of weeks. Millennium Films recently announced that they have attached Gerard Butler to a White House related action film titled Olympus Has Fallen.