Roland Emmerich to Direct Sci-Fi Film ‘Moonfall’ for Universal

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Just as “Independence Day: Resurgence” hits theaters, director Roland Emmerich has his next project lined up.

Variety has confirmed that Universal acquired the sci-fi spec “Moonfall,” which Emmerich wrote in 2012 with Harald Kloser and Spencer Cohen.

Sony Pictures was also in the running for the pic, which Emmerich will direct as well as produce with Kloser.

“Moonfall” is about a group of people who must save the earth when, as the title would imply, the moon falls out of orbit and hurdles toward earth.

Emmerich and Kloser have previously collaborated on films including “The Day After Tomorrow,” “10,000 BC,” “2012,” “Anonymous,” “White House Down,” and most recently, “Independence Day: Resurgence.”

With “Moonfall,” Emmerich stays in his wheelhouse of directing science fiction epics. “Independence Day: Resurgence” has been forecast for an opening weekend of $50 million at 4,068 locations. The original opened two decades ago with a then-massive $50 million domestically on its way to a $306 million U.S. total and $817 million worldwide.

Emmerich and Kloser are both represented by CAA and attorney John Diemer. Cohen is represented by WME.

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  1. isv says:

    Good director. Good movies.

  2. TheDude says:

    The Moon “hurdles” towards Earth? Really??? Get a dictionary please.

  3. I wonder if this is stolen from the (very good) Jack McDevitt book of the same name.

  4. Jack Monte says:

    Too bad the LGBTQA community is biased and agenda based. Roland get zero love and support from the community. He is a successful director, but if you’re not doing stories based on gay subject matter they won’t support you. Sad really. You can only be successful in their eyes if you tell those stories.

  5. Alexander says:

    I think you mean “hurtles,” with a ‘t.’ Unless, of course, the moon is actually jumping over things on its way to smash into the planet. Either way, it’s from Roland Emmerich, so it’s not going to be very good.

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