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Emmerich off to 2012

Feb. 22, 2008by: Mike Sampson

UPDATE - Sony has coughed up the dough for rights to 2012 with production expected to begin in late summer. The budget is expected to reach $200 million smackeroonies. Money well spent (let eye rolling commence).....

Roland Emmerich's latest film (10,000 BC) isn't even in theaters yet and he's already hard at work planning his next project. And for those of you who were missing Emmerich's "let's destroy shit" oeuvre it's time to rejoice. Emmerich is shopping his "apocalyptic" spec script 2012 to studios around Hollywood, almost all of whom are interested. When you buy Emmerich's script (co-written with Harald Kloser) you also get a release date (summer 2009) and a marketing campaign that Emmerich has concocted. Once a studio wins the bidding war, the project is essentially greenlit and would begin gearing up immediately to make its '09 date. So what exacty is 2012 all about? Well like Emmerich's DAY AFTER TOMORROW and INDEPENDENCE DAY it will feature Earthlings in peril. This time it would seem the apocalypse facing humans would be the so-called end of the world which many believe will come on December 21, 2012. That date is based on the end of the Mayan calendar, which seems like an awful silly thing to base your apocalypse feelings on. But to be fair to the 2012 believers, I'm not very well-versed in the theory so I shouldn't knock it. Other hypotheses include that the magnetic poles will reverse and when Nostradamus predicted World War III would begin. Fun!

Extra Tidbit: Michael Bay is also developing a 2012 movie.
Source: Variety

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2:57PM on 02/22/2008

no way

Hey people remember Star Wars or LOTR cost less than 150 a piece so this is gonna blow up in there face.
Hey people remember Star Wars or LOTR cost less than 150 a piece so this is gonna blow up in there face.
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10:54PM on 02/21/2008
I'm gonna have to agree with darkace. I would have waited until after 10,000 BC (which looks like it will be a huge flop).Though 10k BC could be a hit,if people are willing to see Meet the Spartans then any movie can make money.
I'm gonna have to agree with darkace. I would have waited until after 10,000 BC (which looks like it will be a huge flop).Though 10k BC could be a hit,if people are willing to see Meet the Spartans then any movie can make money.
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9:30PM on 02/21/2008
Well lemme guess, hes going to destroy NY first and then LA...
And then...the movie ends.
Well lemme guess, hes going to destroy NY first and then LA...
And then...the movie ends.
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5:10PM on 02/21/2008

that was brave

If I was Sony, I would have waited until 10,000B.C. came out. If 10,000B.C. crashes at the Box Office, then 200 million for this movie wasn't such a good idea.
If I was Sony, I would have waited until 10,000B.C. came out. If 10,000B.C. crashes at the Box Office, then 200 million for this movie wasn't such a good idea.
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4:25PM on 02/21/2008

People in Glass Houses

The Mayan 'Sun' Calendar (the distinction is important because they had many calendars to gauge different seasonal and astronomical phenomena) is based on periodic cycles of the sun. The 'Long Count' Calendar, which is the one all the fuss is about, comes to an end at the end of the Fourth Age of the Sun, and the beginning of its Fifth. I guess the received wisdom is the Fifth Age will be, by and large, inhospitable for us fleshy sacks of meat. Kind of warm for February isn't it...
The Mayan 'Sun' Calendar (the distinction is important because they had many calendars to gauge different seasonal and astronomical phenomena) is based on periodic cycles of the sun. The 'Long Count' Calendar, which is the one all the fuss is about, comes to an end at the end of the Fourth Age of the Sun, and the beginning of its Fifth. I guess the received wisdom is the Fifth Age will be, by and large, inhospitable for us fleshy sacks of meat. Kind of warm for February isn't it...
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2:20PM on 02/21/2008

hmm...

$200 million??? i wonder if he's just gonna go ahead and start the actual apocalypse and just film that instead of wasting time on a movie-magic version of it...
$200 million??? i wonder if he's just gonna go ahead and start the actual apocalypse and just film that instead of wasting time on a movie-magic version of it...
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5:04PM on 02/20/2008
why does this guy hate Earth? he loves simulating the destruction of it
why does this guy hate Earth? he loves simulating the destruction of it
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4:15PM on 02/20/2008

So that means...

The Mayans calender predicts the end of the world right around the time "Step up 6: Penguins in Heat" and J.J. Abrahams "The Ten Commandments--In 3-D" come out???
The Mayans calender predicts the end of the world right around the time "Step up 6: Penguins in Heat" and J.J. Abrahams "The Ten Commandments--In 3-D" come out???
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3:48PM on 02/20/2008

We'll See

They cant seem to find a reason for why their calender ends, hence the big question of why does it end here when everything they predicted up to 2012 is pretty accurate. As far as them preventing their on downfall, no one said they could predict cultural events, they predicted just astronomical events. They were a far more intelligent culture then todays and Id put my money on them and not joblo users, but i guess well see in 4 years...
They cant seem to find a reason for why their calender ends, hence the big question of why does it end here when everything they predicted up to 2012 is pretty accurate. As far as them preventing their on downfall, no one said they could predict cultural events, they predicted just astronomical events. They were a far more intelligent culture then todays and Id put my money on them and not joblo users, but i guess well see in 4 years...
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3:31PM on 02/20/2008

Mayans, ha!

If there calendars could actually predict the end of all human existence, why couldn't it predict the end of their own, so they could prevent?
movie will probably be good though.
If there calendars could actually predict the end of all human existence, why couldn't it predict the end of their own, so they could prevent?
movie will probably be good though.
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3:28PM on 02/20/2008

Its silly because...

The Mayan calendar is a silly thing to base your apocalypse feelings on because they didn't end their calendar in 2012 because they thought the world was ending.

Like the seasons or hell even the Chinese calendar, its all cyclical. Year of the pig->Year of the rat->etc->Year of the pig again. The Mayan calendar worked until 2012 at which point they wrote "Lather, Rinse, Repeat."

I don't care if they're calendar defined the earth's orbit to 100% accuracy, I'm not going to think the world
The Mayan calendar is a silly thing to base your apocalypse feelings on because they didn't end their calendar in 2012 because they thought the world was ending.

Like the seasons or hell even the Chinese calendar, its all cyclical. Year of the pig->Year of the rat->etc->Year of the pig again. The Mayan calendar worked until 2012 at which point they wrote "Lather, Rinse, Repeat."

I don't care if they're calendar defined the earth's orbit to 100% accuracy, I'm not going to think the world is ending because their calendar stops.

I'm up for the movie though :)
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12:57PM on 02/20/2008

Silly?

I don't really see why the Mayan calendar "seems like an awful silly thing to base your apocalypse feelings on." The Mayans actually developed a calendar that is accurate to 11 seconds of the earth's rotation. Our calendar is off by 6 hours!

Anywho, The mayan calendar stops in 2012 because it's based on the magnetic poles in the earth or something. In 2012 the poles will invert... I'm guessing that won't end so well for us.
I don't really see why the Mayan calendar "seems like an awful silly thing to base your apocalypse feelings on." The Mayans actually developed a calendar that is accurate to 11 seconds of the earth's rotation. Our calendar is off by 6 hours!

Anywho, The mayan calendar stops in 2012 because it's based on the magnetic poles in the earth or something. In 2012 the poles will invert... I'm guessing that won't end so well for us.
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11:11AM on 02/20/2008
If all of these movies come out in the next year or two and then the world doesn't end in 2012, they're going to look awfully silly and out-dated quite fast.
If all of these movies come out in the next year or two and then the world doesn't end in 2012, they're going to look awfully silly and out-dated quite fast.
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10:30AM on 02/20/2008
Cool. Apparently the world will end on my birthday.
Cool. Apparently the world will end on my birthday.
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