Roland Emmerich likes his big disaster movies. Independence Day. 2012. The Day After Tomorrow. The disaster of a film that is Independence Day: Resurgence. Now, after destroying the Earth through alien invasion, ecological disaster and Mayan prophecy, he is going to do it again. This time, by crashing the moon down on us.
Deadline is reporting that Universal has picked up Moonfall, the next science-fiction disaster tale from the director.
This one is best described as Emmerich’s 2012 mashed together with Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, following an unlikely band of misfits who must unite to save humanity when the moon falls out of orbit and hurtles towards earth.
Sounds more like a variation on 1951’s When Worlds Collide, which Paramount is currently developing a remake of with director Stephen Sommers. I expect we’ll start seeing a race between to the productions as time goes on.
Emmerich’s Moonfall is co-written by the director and Harald Kloser and Spencer Cohen. Emmerich and Kloser were collaborators on all of the director’s films since 2004’s The Day After Tomorrow.