Roland Emmerich Could Direct 'Asteroids' Movie

June 9, 2011


It's been nearly two years since Universal won a four-way bidding war for the film rights to Atari's Asteroids, and yet still we remain woefully devoid of any films about spaceships shooting big asteroids into smaller, more manageable, asteroid chunks. It sounds like the studio is finally getting ready to deliver on their promise of developing "a really strong, deep mythology" for the completely plot-free game, though, as they've now put out an offer to a director, and that director is Roland Emmerich. The choice makes sense considering that Emmerich's vast catalog of disaster films already gives him some experience in the fields of spaceships and asteroids. But on the other hand, none of Emmerich's films are really very good, so you can see how this bodes poorly for this Asteroids movie.

As far as the film's plot goes, Vulture also had this update:

We're told it's an ersatz sequel to world-ending Emmerich films like Independence Day and 2012, but one in which the aliens have won. The remnants of human civilization are now living on far-flung colonies within an asteroid belt alongside aliens. The survivors were led to believe that this alien civilization was benevolent, rescuing them from doom, but ultimately discover that the aliens have engineered Earth's destruction, and soon will do the same for the rest of humankind.

I hope I'm not the only one who was foolishly expecting that asteroid-shooting spaceships would be a plot element.

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