Roland Emmerich About to Start Shooting a Secret Sci-Fi Project
I guess alien invasion sci-fi movies really are all the rage right now. Though he's been working on his period drama Anonymous, explosive German filmmaker Roland Emmerich has apparently been secretly working on another small project. Heat Vision reports that Emmerich is already preparing to shoot a film called The Zone, another "found footage" sci-fi film, like Cloverfield, that revolves around an alien invasion. No other plot details are known, but Emmerich will cast improv-based unknown actors and work with a $5 million budget. Whoa! Give or take Anonymous, he hasn't worked with a budget less than $100 million since 1994!
For those who need something to grasp onto regarding The Zone, apparently two of the leads have just been cast (or so they say). We don't actually know the actors' names yet, but here are the character breakdowns: one is a "haggard journalist in his 40s or 50s" and the other is a "black man in his early to mid 20's, the cameraman." I already have a feeling this is going to be a cheesy Roland Emmerich version of Cloverfield and Monsters mixed, which may or may not be cool to see. What I guess I mean is that the problems with his movies mostly lie in the script, and it might be cool to see him tackle "found footage" style sci-fi action story wrapped around an epic alien invasion. Come on, this is the guy who brought us Independence Day!