Apparently an extreme lack of originality. Yes, we’re serious, keep reading.
Roland Emmerich, master recycler, seems unable to lose, just like Parker Lewis. He’ll go to a studio with a script like “people are attacked by global warming and also wolves”, get a $100 million budget, destroy some landmarks, and make serious bank. It’s a formula that’s worked out for him for years, ever since his “Earth Versus the Flying Saucers” remake was a monstrous hit.
But, in light of movies like “Paranormal Activity”, Emmerich wanted to try his hand at an alien invasion movie done with a “found footage” style. It was going to be cheap, about $5 million, and…now it’s dead.
The guess is this is because we’ve already got J.J. Abrams’ “Super 8″, Timur Bekmametov’s “Apollo 18″, AND Oren Peli’s “Area 51″, which are all…found-footage alien-invasion movies. You know, because Hollywood is SO concerned with unoriginality and recycling concepts.
Sorry, Roland. Pitch them something like “People are attacked by robots, and also bears”, and you’ll probably get $200 million. Although we will admit, we’d go see “Bears vs. Robots vs. Humans”.
[ via BleedingCool ]