Alien Invasion Flick Battle: Los Angeles Finds a Director
by Alex Billington
October 2, 2008
I've been twiddling my thumbs, anxiously waiting to see what Hollywood has cooked up in the wake of Cloverfield, but there hasn't been much. I was hoping we'd see a plethora of monster invasion and alien invasion movies, but alas, only a few have showed up. One of them, Battle: Los Angeles, we announced back in April. The project most recently secured a director - Jonathan Liebesman of Darkness Falls and Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning previously. So what is Battle: Los Angeles all about? The story follows one Marine platoon's encounter in the battle against an alien invasion on the streets of Los Angeles.
As announced originally, the script was written by Chris Bertolini. Neal Moritz (Click, Evan Almighty, I Am Legend) is still producing and Sony is distributing. Liebesman made a pitch that featured "a whiz-bang presentation that showed his specific vision and passion for the project, described as Black Hawk Down meets Independence Day." Liebesman also went out to locations in Los Angeles, shot various scenes, and added CGI aliens. He also created a pre-viz alien invasion sequence. Boy do I want to see what that looked like. Anyway, don't believe all the hype - apparently the script is pretty bad, but I haven't read it myself.