John Cusack Plus Roland Emmerich = 2012

John Cusack has just signed on the dotted line to star in Roland Emmerich's global disaster movie 2012.

Also in talks for the film is the bane of my spell check - Chiwetel Ejiofor, the English actor has also delivered solid support in films such as American Gangster and Children of Men.

The plot of the film involves the destruction of the world as we know it, and the struggle of the survivors.

The title of the film comes from the Mayan calendar, as they believed that the world would end in 2012. Hence the reason why this movie is being "rushed into production" for 2009.

Yes, that was a joke.

However, if it is true then it might have a major (deep?) impact on life as we know it. Sorry to panic you!

This sounds like something that Emmerich could do in his sleep following films like Independence Day, Godzilla and The Day After Tomorrow. However, what is John Cusack doing in this?

I'm guessing that Cusack has to pay bills like you and me, on top of that he has to and raise finance for passion projects like Max and War, Inc. He has been looking for a blockbuster lately - although he's had a few problems because of the financing (see Jan De Bont's delayed Stopping Power)- hence the reason why this Sony produced epic has a budget of $200 million.

Emmerich comes under a lot of flak from movie fans, but if you go into his films with the belief that you are about to watch an expensive B-movie, then you won't be disappointed.

2012 goes before lenses in July in order to meet the July 2009 release date.

Let's just hope that we are around for the sequel in er... 2013.

Source: Variety

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