Roland Emmerich to Direct New Alien Invasion Film ‘Emergence’

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With White House Down hitting theatres later this month, director Roland Emmerich adds yet another summer blockbuster to his resume of big-budget action films and films involving attacks on Washington landmarks (Independence Day). However, there’s another story concept that Emmerich remains fascinated with and seems to want to revisit again as well – alien invasion.

Of course, Emmerich has been heavily involved with the development of not just one, but two Independence Day sequels for quite a while now, but since there’s still no telling if they will ever materialize, he’s been on the lookout for more projects involving extraterrestrial intruders invading our precious home planet.

This week, we are learning that he’s found one. According to Deadline, Emmerich’s production company, Centropolis Entertainment, has acquired an alien invasion sci-fi project titled Emergence based on a pitch by writer Nic Kelman. Emmerich plans to direct the film, which is said to involve grounded science theory.

There is no studio backing the project yet, but with Emmerich’s name slapped on the side, we can almost assure Hollywood’s major players will come running to get a piece soon. Though Emmerich isn’t the most revered director in Tinseltown, his films always seem to give studios a big return on their investments, even though those investments are usually quite large to begin with.

At this point, if the project gains some traction, the question for Emmerich fans will not be whether or not a major studio will get involved with Emergence, but rather, what will happen with the planned Independence Day sequels? It’s possible he could still make them and it’s possible 20th Century Fox could find another director, but with the projects seemingly stuck in development hell, maybe if Emergence becomes Emmerich’s focus, it could be the kiss of death for the would-be ID Forever films.

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Then again, the Independence Day follow-ups are further along at the moment than Emergence. So far, all Emmerich has purchased is an idea and a story concept. Kelman still needs to write the script. Meanwhile, the ID sequels already have titles, some plot details and at least one confirmed cast member – Bill Pullman – though Pullman did admit: “Nobody’s holding their breath,” saying that the sequels have been “continually plagued.”

At least Emmerich fans can take comfort in knowing that they should see more from him in the near future and they can almost expect that those near future films will include some kind of alien invasion. So, for those craving an Independence Day sequel, maybe Emergence will be the next best thing? Who knows, it could be even better. We’ll have to wait and see how these developing projects take shape and as always, we’ll let you know the latest.


Source: Deadline

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  1. im bray wyatt im from Lafayette , Louisiana and I approve this message

    • I’m “Goldilocks” from Hancock, upper Michigan, and I say, why he heck not?

      • The hell you want? A cookie? Get da hell outta my face

      • I’m Tony “The Bruiser” Miachetti from New York, New York, and I say forget about it!

        • Haha.

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  2. Emmerich will just take this interesting idea, throw science-fact out the window and turn it into another Independence Day!

  3. Whatever he does, I’ll watch it. So far I liked every single one of his movies. Yes, even Godzilla. Once you ignore the title and realize that his Godzilla is actually a remake of The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms it’s actually pretty good.

    • +1

      Exactly my view on the movie, once you ignore the fact that it’s a Godzilla movie, it’s actually pretty enjoyable. They should of made it as an original idea instead, changed a few things here and there. I would think a lot more people would’ve liked and would’ve done a bit better critically.

      Always looked to Roland Emmerich to do pure popcorn flicks so I’m looking forward to this.

      • -1

        • you showed him

  4. Of course he is doing an alien invasion filn

  5. Hope Screen Rant will keep us updated when director Em puts out some plot details!

  6. Sounds like it could be similar to Emergence Day in the Gears Of War franchise if it turns out the aliens are literally emerging from underground to invade.

  7. Exactly my view on the movie, once you ignore the fact that it’s a Godzilla movie, it’s actually pretty enjoyable. They should of made it as an original idea instead, changed a few things here and there. I would think a lot more people would’ve liked and would’ve done a bit better critically.

    • Honestly, even as a Godzilla movie, I thought it was good. It just needed the fat trimmed away (ie the romance subplot and a lot of the science-y exposition).

      I still have a big Godzilla action figure from that movie’s merchandise line and I still think that the design of the creature itself is pretty good. That’s maybe the biggest positive I can come up with for the movie as a whole.

    • huh?

  8. I’d rather have ID2 & 3, but if I can’t have them, I’ll take this.

  9. We are gonna live on we are
    gonna survive today I declare our indepence day………….. Now give me my sequels I went and saw id4 6 times in the theatre u owe me

  10. Michael Bay Jr.


  11. Roland Emmerich best work is THE PATRIOT (w/Mel Gibson & Heath Ledger) and so it remains in the face of his sci-fi resume.

    Agreed, “Emergence” is an idea that Emmerich’s company has purchased; it’s a synopsis which is not a story; it’s the evidence of things not seen. It might be a surrogate for the ID sequels (two unnecessary movies, but, hey….) or the substance of what those films hope for.

    Whatever is going on in that beclouded, unpredictable environment, we know faith will always be employed along with hope, which is not a plan.

    Emmerich’s last feature, ANONYMOUS, revealed how impressive the filmmaker can put a script before the cameras. He’s quite a director…but not even his skill could make GODZILLA anything more than a joyless comedy.