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Universal Picks Up Skyscraper Disaster Movie Pitch

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October 28, 2008

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Is the big-budget disaster movie trend suddenly on the rise again? Universal has preemptively bought a pitch for a film called Skyscraper that is described as a "modern-day Towering Inferno." The spec script was written by Mike Sobel, a former lawyer turned writer who has just sold his first two big scripts, with Skyscraper being one of them. Neal Moritz (of I Am Legend, Vantage Point, and Made of Honor most recently) is producing the project. The story focuses on a Donald Trump-like developer who sets out to build a mile-high structure in Chicago. When the tower starts to falter, a crew must rescue the city from mayhem.

I'm not sure what to think about this yet. The whole concept seems like a sore thumb in the Hollywood line-up for the next five or so years, but I suppose it could be good. For those unaware of the reference, The Towering Inferno was a 1974 film that starred Steve McQueen and Paul Newman. In the film, a fire breaks out inside of a enormous new building on its opening night and threatens to destroy the entire thing. Skyscraper sounds like a similar idea, but I'm curious to see how it would play out in the post-9/11, modern era with today's CGI and cinematic technology and so on. Anyone think this could be good?

Beautiful skyscraper photo courtesy of Alisdair Miller on deviantArt.

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  • TBone
    I dont think this sounds good at all. I dont see how this could even become a movie, aparently for the second time.
  • Peloquin
    Sounds like a good short film for the demo reel of someone trying to break into the digital effects world...but sounds like a boring story concept.
  • I'm always up for a good disaster movie. Except for "Disaster Movie", which was a disaster. This skyscraper movie doesn't sound any worse than "Poseidon". ...Although that was a terrible film.
  • CK
    All I see happening here are alot of big money special effects shots with no story to go behind it. I mean what can you do in a 528 story sky scraper that would be remotly interesting? I personally think this guy came up with the script idea in an effort to get some shock factor after 9/11. The only thing that he needs to do is run a plane into the side, and I think he will have accomplished that.
  • Al
    sounds more like a terrible mini series.
  • tzarinna
    No, this is not 1974. He missed his chance. Maybe DTV or like someone else said a mini series.
  • Does anyone other than me want to see a big-budget mindless disaster flick?!?!
  • Conrad
    What's the premise for the antagonist going to be? He makes a building that's "too high" for this world and it causes political uproar just like how in Titanic they didn't want to clutter the appearance of the ship by having *enough* lifeboats on board? Sounds lame! "Towering Inferno" was boss!
  • I did a double take with this post since my first thought was, "why is FirstShowing.net blogging about Dubai?" LOLOL
  • dp
    being an architect and working in the gulf - unfortunatly i'm waiting for this to come off for real within the next 10 years (towering inferno II) can't see much in a movieplot as we've seen the real deal with towers falling already and i'm not morbidly fascinated suffering atthe fault of others
  • Adam
    Hell yeah! This sounds like a great movie!
  • Bob
    Just remake all of the Irwin Allen classics.
  • Mitch
    OH WOW!!! They could call this, like, The Towering Inferno 2.0 (Redux) or something and it could star Sam Worthington as everyone, including the tower.

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