Written by Lucas C Haberstich
There's nothing like an impending global apocalypse to entertain the masses. And Sony has won the rights to bring the end of the world to theatres.
A fierce bidding war between several studios ended last night. Roland Emmerich's spec script for 2012 lands at Sony Pictures with a plan for a 2009 summer release and a projected budget that could reach $200 million.
Roland Emmerich is expected to direct from the script he wrote with his 10,000 B.C. partner Harald Kloser. The title refers to the apocryphal date that the world is supposed to end. (Well, the apocryphal year from the Mayan calendar, specific date is widely accepted as December 21.) According to Variety, the film would follow an ensemble cast through epic disasters, similar to Mr. Emmerich's 2004 The Day After Tomorrow from Fox.
Expect 2012's disasters to include any and all of the following: comets, solar storms, the reversal of Earth's magnetic field, cosmic rays, hurricanes, global warming, earthquakes, and erupting supervolcanoes... wouldn't $200 million be better spent on Apocalypse-proofing the planet?