2012 Director Roland Emmerich Offered Asteroids Film

2012 Director Roland Emmerich Offered Asteroids Film

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Word on the street is that Roland Emmerich, the disastermeister behind flicks like The Day After Tomorrow and 2012, has been offered the helm of the Asteroids movie.

First things first: yes, an Asteroids movie is in the works and yes, it is based upon the 70s arcade game in which a little arrow-shaped spaceship fires a stream of tiny dots to blow up endless waves of asteroids, all rendered in black-and-white vector graphics. How could that possibly be spun into a feature film, you ask? I don't know. But if somebody is actually determined to make this happen - and that does appear to be the case - then I can't think of too many guys better qualified to direct the project than Roland Emmerich.

Emmerich, for those who don't recognize the name, is the director behind the relentlessly noisy disaster flicks The Day After Tomorrow and 2012, as well as the widely-panned prehistoric fantasy film 10,000 BC. Amazingly, Emmerich's efforts over the past decade actually manage to make his earlier work, which includes such classics as Independence Day, Universal Soldier and the Michael Paré hit Moon 44, look pretty damn good.

It's only a rumor at this point but according to Vulture, Universal Pictures has offered Emmerich a script written by Matt Lopez, best known for his work on the recent Race to Witch Moutain and Sorcerer's Apprentice remakes. The story will apparently be set after the destruction of the Earth, which has forced the remnants of humanity to take up residence in colonies located in an asteroid belt. The survivors share the belt with an alien race that they believe saved them from certain, final destruction, but it turns out the aliens were responsible for blowing up the Earth in the first place and are now plotting to finish them off.

Oops. Spoilers. Sorry about that.

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That sounds terrabad. Two hours of nothing but explosions and "pew-pewing"? I'll pass. And alien overlords? Really?

"Commander! Why have you returned? We ordered you to go see if there were any other asteroids that we couldn't see!"

"I don't understand, sir! I arrived back where I started, but I was flying... in a straight line!"

[Musical sting]

"Dear God..."

No one, ever, in the history of ever played Asteroids and thought, "I love the lore. They should make a movie of this."
This is just adding a known name to a new project. Pointless and condescending to the gaming community for assuming we would fall for this. I would be more likely to see this if they had come up with their own name.

Hal10k:
"Commander! Why have you returned? We ordered you to go see if there was any other asteroids that we can't see!"

"I don't understand, sir! I arrived back where I started, but I was flying... in a sraight line!"

[Musical sting]

"Dear God..."

Nice lol. Actually if they made a movie based on us going to space and realising that we are stuck in some infinite loop I would go see it. That would cool.

As my uncle is one of the people who worked on the original Asteroids, I can't help but wonder if he knows that this ...thing... is being made.

Why is that every time Roland Emmerich is brought up, people mention all his movies of the past decade and a half (or so) EXCEPT Stargate? It was the best movie he ever did, and it ALWAYS gets left out. What the hell does everyone have against Stargate?

It may have been the best movie he ever did (except it wasn't) but it also just wasn't very good. Great idea, silly, stupid ending. Completely fell apart in the final act.

And for the record, the best movie he ever did was Universal Soldier.

There is not going to be an Astroids movie. There is not going to be an Astroids movie. There is not going to be an Astroids movie...
This is the only way I can stay sane.

At least it's not another "Asteroids are heading to the Earth and we need to go into space to stop them"-movie. When I hear the term "Asteroids movie" I think more Deep Impact/Armageddon rather than 2600 Asteroids.

It's a Roland movie though, the only thing going for it will be the CGI.

Andy Chalk:
It may have been the best movie he ever did (except it wasn't) but it also just wasn't very good. Great idea, silly, stupid ending. Completely fell apart in the final act.

And for the record, the best movie he ever did was Universal Soldier.

Didn't he do that Americanized version of Godzilla?

I don't really get why people hate it, apart from the crap script and acting; it was entertaining stuff, and does what Godzilla normally does; destroy shit.

Aside from that, I have no idea how this can be spun into a film. What next, Pacman 3D?

 

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