May 24, 2017

Roland Emmerich offered Asteroids at Universal


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Roland Emmerich’s career has been built on a solid foundation of blockbusters that routinely reduce the world’s cities to rubble. Pictures like “Independence Day,” “The Day After Tomorrow” and “2012” cemented Emmerich’s reputation for big-budget effect painted on a grand canvas.

But then Emmerich paused, signing up for John Orloff’s “Anonymous,” a political thriller questioning William Shakespeare’s contributions to his literary works, and we wondered if Emmerich was done with explosions. “Was “Anonymous” his transition into adult-oriented, dramatic fare?

Probably not. Emmerich appears to be drifting back to sci-fi blockbusters, circling an adaptation of the popular video game Asteroids for Universal Studios. Vulture reports that Emmerich has been offered the project, based on a script by Matt Lopez (“Race to Witch Mountain”).

The director has not signed on the dotted line for Asteroids yet. He probably wants to see how “Anonymous” plays with audiences, but it won’t be in theaters until Oct. 28.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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