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New Line preps earthquake disaster flick San Andreas 3D

Dec. 2, 2011by: Mike Sampson

An estranged father travels across California trying to save his kids during a natural disaster with the world literally crumbling at his feet. No, it's not 2012. Well, it is 2012, but it's also the new disaster movie SAN ANDREAS 3D.

It may sound very much like a 2012 reboot, but New Line is planning the mother of all earthquake movies - a large-scale disaster epic, shot in 3D. Allan Loeb (WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS, the upcoming ROCK OF AGES) wrote the script about the so-called "Big One," the massive quake seismologists have predicted for the next few years. The film will follow another estranged dad (what is it with these estranged dads?) making his way up California along the titular San Andreas fault.

The project is currently out to directors with hopes for a big 2013 release. This is assuming, of course, that the Big One doesn't happen between now and then. Or maybe, in some mega publicity stunt, New Line (and parent company Warner Bros.) will drill a hole into the plates of the Earth and detonate a bomb, manually triggering the Earthquake the night of the film's premiere for a little extra oomph.

Kidding aside, scientists have been predicting that the next big earthquake to hit would make the devastating San Francisco quake of 1989 look like small potatoes. The last "Big One" hit California in 1857 and measured an 8.1 on the Richter scale (the San Francisco earthquake was only a 6.9).

Source: LA Times

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6:54PM on 12/02/2011

wrong facts, wrong idea

There are so many wrong things about this article, from the very idea to the facts you guys wrote. Please learn your facts, and please read. It can be a little offensive to us Californians who live here and actually deal with the threat. The last big quake in SF was in 1906 actually, it was the strongest earthquake ever recorded in the United States. It also caused our 2nd greatest fire as a country, only behind the great Chicago fire. The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake was a 6.9, whereas the 1906
There are so many wrong things about this article, from the very idea to the facts you guys wrote. Please learn your facts, and please read. It can be a little offensive to us Californians who live here and actually deal with the threat. The last big quake in SF was in 1906 actually, it was the strongest earthquake ever recorded in the United States. It also caused our 2nd greatest fire as a country, only behind the great Chicago fire. The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake was a 6.9, whereas the 1906 San Andreas earthquake was somewhere between a 7.9 and 8.2. Large earthquakes happen about every 100 years on the same fault. San Francisco lies on 3 faults, only one of which has ruptured in the past 100 years (the Loma Prieta, in 1989). San Andreas hasn't ruptured since that 1906 quake so it has been 105 years, and the 1857 one you are referencing was on the Hayward fault, which also has not ruptured since. So, we are overdue on 2 fault lines. Both are extremely strong, and studies show they have a LOT of tension growing. In fact, many scientists support the theory that only the San Andreas fault is capable of causing a 10.0 earthquake (which has never ever been recorded by man) at today's point in time. So, we deal with this threat everyday, and for Hollywood to cash in on it is kind of screwed up.

And by the way, the next "big one", which is predicted to hit within 5 years mind you, is not going to make the 1989 quake look like small potatoes... It is going to make the 1906 and 1857 quakes look like small potatoes. So, this really isn't cool. We're talking Japan scale here. And there is abundant evidence to support that if you do your research.

So if Hollywood moves forward with this, I propose they also move forward with a fictional failure-dad trying to rescue his kids from a mega quake in say Japan or Chile perhaps.
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8:57PM on 12/02/2011
Take a deep breath man, you just had a personal 6.9 on the flip out scale.
Take a deep breath man, you just had a personal 6.9 on the flip out scale.
1:53PM on 12/03/2011
Maybe you can get a job as a history teacher?
Maybe you can get a job as a history teacher?
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5:39PM on 12/02/2011

more disaster movies!

woo!

as long as they aren't made for TV or direct to video they're usually pretty damn fun... I guess this will actually be the first one in 3D which could be REALLY cool!!
woo!

as long as they aren't made for TV or direct to video they're usually pretty damn fun... I guess this will actually be the first one in 3D which could be REALLY cool!!
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2:16PM on 12/02/2011

Why...

does every disaster flick have to have the same fuckin premise? Seriously. Why can't they just make it a survial kind of flick. FUck that noise I would be rushing to get out of the city and shit. With my family.
does every disaster flick have to have the same fuckin premise? Seriously. Why can't they just make it a survial kind of flick. FUck that noise I would be rushing to get out of the city and shit. With my family.
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12:56PM on 12/02/2011
Lose the fucking bullshit "saving the kids" crap and I'm interested.

I'm sick of these big budget disaster films being ruined by making them family friendly cheese fests.

Death, disaster, drama and survival only please. No kids. No damned dogs. EVER AGAIN!
Lose the fucking bullshit "saving the kids" crap and I'm interested.

I'm sick of these big budget disaster films being ruined by making them family friendly cheese fests.

Death, disaster, drama and survival only please. No kids. No damned dogs. EVER AGAIN!
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12:13PM on 12/02/2011
Do the writers on this site understand the meaning of the word "reboot" ? I think not.
Do the writers on this site understand the meaning of the word "reboot" ? I think not.
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11:51AM on 12/02/2011
I love me some disaster movies. Sure, bring it on.
I love me some disaster movies. Sure, bring it on.
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11:15AM on 12/02/2011
What they can't wait to see the real thing next december?
What they can't wait to see the real thing next december?
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10:35AM on 12/02/2011
This sounds like a remake of earthquake with charleston heston. Now that was a classic disaster flick and it will be interesting if they manage to do any of it nearly as good what that original had done.
This sounds like a remake of earthquake with charleston heston. Now that was a classic disaster flick and it will be interesting if they manage to do any of it nearly as good what that original had done.
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9:39AM on 12/02/2011

San Andreas

Don't worry, CJ will be there to save the day... that is, if he's not lifting weights or stealing cars
Don't worry, CJ will be there to save the day... that is, if he's not lifting weights or stealing cars
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