Roland Emmerich Buys Sci-Fi Script Emergence to Direct

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Roland Emmerich’s next movie White House Down comes out later this month and it brings him down to earth, but he’s not giving up on his return to science fiction as he’s just bought a new pitch from writer Nic Kelman called Emergence through his Centropolis Entertainment.

Deadline reports that Emergence is another “large-scale contemporary science fiction film” which Emmerich plans on directing, and it’s said to be an alien invasion story “containing hot button science elements” similar to Emmerich’s 2004 blockbuster The Day After Tomorrow.

Some may remember that before White House Down came along, Emmerich was developing a sci-fi project called Singularity for Sony Pictures that even had a May 2013 release date, but for whatever reason that project was scrapped in favor of the upcoming invasion movie starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx.

According to their story, studios are looking for this type of movie and Emmerich has a good track record putting together a project with a script, a budget and plans to direct that have gotten studios like 20th Century Fox, Sony and Warner Bros. to pay big money up front to make them happen. They also say that Emmerich is still working on develping Singularity and an adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s sci-fi classic Foundation which he’s had on his plate going back before 2012, so there’s a chance that he can go back to one of them before tackling Emergence, which will be produced by Kirstin Winkler, Centropolis¬í Executive Vice President of Production, and Aaron Boyd, the company¬ís Director of Development.

Kelman, meanwhile, is writing Outpost for Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Paramount Pictures.

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