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Roland Emmerich makes a new alien invasion movie... for cheap?

11.09.2010

UPDATE: Well, so much for that. Heat Vision was informed that Emmerich has pulled the plug on the below project for undisclosed reasons (with the impending abundance of "found footage" movies likely the main suspect). Emmerich will instead return to noisy, brainless and ridiculously expensive popcorn movies, one assumes.

Previously:

October 29, 2010: Roland Emmerich has become synonymous with excess, spending several hundred million dollars to cause preposterous amounts of global property damage in movies like INDEPENDENCE DAY, THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW and 2012.

Now the filmmaker is dialing it down to a fraction of his usual destruction and price tag (around $5 million) for a "stealth project" called THE ZONE. The top secret alien invasion movie will apparently be improv-based and presented in the CLOVERFIELD / BLAIR WITCH / PARANORMAL ACTIVITY "found footage" style popular for genre material with slender budgets.

No other firm details are known yet, although THR claims that "two leads were just cast, one playing a haggard journalist in his 40s or 50s, the other a black man in his early to mid 20's, the cameraman."

As a point of comparison, the impending FX-filled alien invasion flick SKYLINE reportedly cost around $10 million to make, while Emmerich spent north of $200 million to trash the planet in 2012. Should be interesting to see what he does with much, much less.

Extra Tidbit: When he's not blowing up the world, apparently Emmerich also really knows how to throw a party.
Source: THR

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7:42PM on 11/02/2010

No More Found Footage, Please!

Emmerich certainly knows how to destroy the planet! I loved the three aforementioned Earth crumbling films by him, but I can't stomach another "found footage" flick. I HATED Cloverfield and I thought District 9 was "okay" at best. Emmerich shouldn't waste his time on a "found footage" project. The cheap scare Paranormal Activity films have that covered.
Emmerich certainly knows how to destroy the planet! I loved the three aforementioned Earth crumbling films by him, but I can't stomach another "found footage" flick. I HATED Cloverfield and I thought District 9 was "okay" at best. Emmerich shouldn't waste his time on a "found footage" project. The cheap scare Paranormal Activity films have that covered.
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1:27PM on 10/30/2010
I'm not a huge fan of "found footage" movies, with a notable exception being "District 9," which is only half-found-footage. But the idea of Emmerich even trying to make a movie for $5 million is exciting just to see if he can keep himself from going over-budget.
I'm not a huge fan of "found footage" movies, with a notable exception being "District 9," which is only half-found-footage. But the idea of Emmerich even trying to make a movie for $5 million is exciting just to see if he can keep himself from going over-budget.
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10:00AM on 10/30/2010
He hasn't made anything good since Stargate.
He hasn't made anything good since Stargate.
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12:39AM on 10/30/2010
Another Alien invasion movie from Emmerich? Horrible.
Another Alien invasion movie from Emmerich? Horrible.
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12:31AM on 10/30/2010
Extra Tidbit: I was kind of wondering why it looked like a gay party when it was all guys in his pool and tonight I learned that he, and one of my favorite directors Bryan Singer, are gay. Wow.
Extra Tidbit: I was kind of wondering why it looked like a gay party when it was all guys in his pool and tonight I learned that he, and one of my favorite directors Bryan Singer, are gay. Wow.
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