Roland Emmerich in Talks to Take the 'White House Down' Yet Again
Back in 1996 director Roland Emmerich infamously destroyed the President's residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave during an alien invasion in Independence Day, and Washington D.C. was definitely flooded with the sea in 2012. Now the filmmaker is set to bring more chaos to The White House yet again with the aptly titled spec script White House Down, an original story from James Vanderbilt (who recently wrote The Amazing Spider-Man) which Sony just picked up for $3 million. The story follows a paramilitary takeover of the White House and has been described as Die Hard on Pennsylvania Avenue.
This will likely have the same feel and high security concepts that came with Air Force One, but the White House is likely just as, if not more, difficult to take over, especially in this post 9/11 world. Deadline says Emmerich will also produce the film with Vanderbilt and Mythology Entertainment who brought the script to Sony last week. As of now, it sounds like this project will be Emmerich's next project and the developing sci-fi project Singuliarty is still very much in the picture and will likely follow White House Down. Hopefully this doesn't turn into something ridiculous and ends up coming together as a solid action thriller.