With his Independence Day: Resurgence in theaters now, director Roland Emmerich is already gearing up for another science fiction disaster tale. According to a story today at Deadline, Emmerich has signed on to helm Moonfall, based on an original script by himself, Harald Kloser and Spencer Cohen. Kloser previously worked on the script to 2012 and has also maintained a creative partnership with Emmerich as a composer on the director’s last few projects.
Moonfall, likened in the initial report to a combination of 2012 and Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind, follows “an unlikely band of misfits who must unite to save humanity when the moon falls out of orbit and hurtles towards earth.”
Emmerich and Kloser are also attached to produce Moonfall, which is said to be on the fast track for development.
Independence Day: Resurgence, meanwhile, pulled in $4 million Thursday night. Starring Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe and Sela Ward, the new entry in the franchise picks up 20 years after the 1996 original and sees Earth once again coming under attack from extraterrestrial invaders.