'Godzilla' helmer in negotiations to direct, produce

This article was corrected on Mar. 21, 2002.

Roland Emmerich’s hatred of unfriendly extra-terrestrials seems to have gotten the better of him once more.

The director of such alien thorax-kicking pics as “Godzilla” and “Independence Day” is in negotiations to helm and produce “Alien Prison” at Sony’s Columbia Pictures, for which he last directed 2000’s “The Patriot.”

Pic has gestated for years at the studio, but a most recent draft by Andrew Marlowe — who penned Sony pics “Air Force One” and, most recently, “Hollow Man” — looks to have caught the helmer’s interest at last.

“Alien Prison” follows six humans with little in common other than having been abducted, studied and torturously experimented upon by an alien race in another solar system. After years of abuse, they plot an escape and attempt to foil a full-scale invasion of Earth.

Produced by Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher’s Sony-based Red Wagon Prods., project is being overseen by exec VP of production Doug Belgrad and creative exec Jonathan Kadin; both are reporting to production prexy Peter Schlessel, who is supervising the pic’s progress.

Emmerich is repped by Creative Artists; Marlowe by William Morris.

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