2:15pm PT by Scott Roxborough
Roland Emmerich Heading Back to Space With 'Moonfall'
Roland Emmerich is heading back into space for Moonfall, a $150 million sci-fi epic the Independence Day helmer will direct and will co-write with Harald Kloser and Spenser Cohen.
The project will be shopped next week to international distributors at the Marché du Film at Cannes, where it is certain to be the hottest title in what had been looking like a downbeat market.
Stuart Ford's AGC Studios and CAA Media Finance will jointly handle worldwide sales for Moonfall.
The project, which Emmerich's shingle Centropolis Entertainment will produce, imagines a disaster in which a mysterious force knocks the moon from its orbit, sending it on a collision course towards Earth. With little time to spare, a ragtag team launches a last-ditch mission to the moon, hoping to solve the mystery and save Earth from annihilation.
From the promotional blurb, Moonfall sounds like just the ticket for international distributors desperate for a studio-sized mainstream title. AGC proved Emmerich's enduring appeal in the overseas market last year when it sold out the director's upcoming World War II drama Midway, starring Luke Evans, Mandy Moore and Woody Harrelson.
Moonfall is currently in preproduction. No casting has yet been announced. Production is set to start early next year.