Sony acquired James Vanderbilt’s spec script earlier this year for $3 million and then signed up director Emmerich, known for disaster films like “Independence Day” and "2012."
This film is advertised as “Die Hard” in the White House, so explosive catastrophe can’t be too far away.
A Sony spokesman declined to comment on the casting.
Tatum has been mixing up genres of late, starring in the Sony comedy “21 Jump Street” and its romantic drama “The Vow.” Both “21 Jump Street” and “The Vow” did well at the box office, further boosting Tatum’s status as a male lead.
The former male stripper will hit the big screen twice this summer, in Steven Sodebergh’s “Magic Mike and “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” the sequel to the 2009 hit.
Emmerich is producing "White House Down" with Vanderbilt, Bradley Fisher, Laeta Kaloridies and Bradley Fischer.