Roland Emmerich Script Gets Pilot Order From ABC

Drama will revolve around an astrophysics student who finds himself between heaven and hell

Add Roland Emmerich to the growing list of big-screen names undertaking small-screen projects.

"2012" director-producer Emmerich has received a pilot order from ABC for an as-yet-untitled project, the network confirms to TheWrap.

The pilot, which was co-written by Emmerich and Harald Kloser — who paired with Emmerich on the shelved theatrical project "Singularity — will revolve around an astrophysics student in New York who finds himself veering between heaven and hell as the 2012 presidential election looms.

Emmerich and Kloser will also executive-produce, along with the Mark Gordon Company's Mark Gordon and Nicolas Pepper.

Emmerich's other upcoming projects include the documentary "Last Will & Testament," which explores the ongoing debate over the authorship of Shakespeare's works.

Variety first reported the news.