Roland Emmerich's 'White House Down' Will Hit Theaters November 2013

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The action-thriller was penned by James Vanderbilt, writer of this summer's "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "Total Recall."

Roland Emmerich's White House Down will roll out in theaters Nov. 1, 2013 -- the date previously held by the director's sci-fi epic Singularity, which was halted in preproduction last year.

Singularity remains a priority project for Sony, but White House Down is further along, according to a studio spokesman.

White House was acquired by Sony based on a script by James Vanderbilt, who also penned this summer's The Amazing Spider-Man and Total Recall. Mythology Entertainment is producing.

The movie revolves around a paramilitary takeover of the White House. Emmerich (2012, The Day After Tomorrow) and Sony are in the process of casting.

White House will open opposite Ender's Game, based on the best-selling young-adult book series.

There is a rival project, however. Gerard Butler is set to star in White House Taken for Nu Image/Millennium Films (it previously was titled Olympus Has Fallen). Butler will play a former Secret Service agent called back to duty when terrorists overtake the White House.

Millennium will be shopping White House Taken at the upcoming Cannes Film Market. It doesn't have a domestic distribution deal yet.