Roland Emmerich is blasting off on his latest film, which finds the “Independence Day” director returning to space for one of the biggest projects to be presented at the Cannes Film Festival market.
Emmerich will co-write and direct “Moonfall,” which will be presented to buyers at Cannes with Stuart Ford’s AGC Studios and CAA Media Finance jointly handling worldwide sales.
Emmerich will co-write the film with Harald Kloser and Spenser Cohen. The story is a sci-fi action epic in which a ragtag team of astronauts is forced to land on the moon’s surface when the moon is knocked out of Earth’s orbit, sending it hurtling on a collision course with Earth and threatening all of mankind. Read the full synopsis below:
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The Moon. It controls our nights, our days, the seasons, and our ocean tides. And since the beginning of humankind, its phases stood as a symbol of enlightenment, inner knowledge – and our own immortality. Until now. Suddenly and without warning a mysterious force knocks the Moon from its orbit around Earth and sends it hurtling on collision course with life as we know it. With mere weeks before impact, and against all odds, a ragtag team launches an impossible last-ditch mission into space, leaving behind everyone they love and risking everything to land on the lunar surface, unlock its secrets, and save our planet from annihilation. But first they must battle an unknown and unfathomable power that will challenge everything we know about the moon, the universe, and ourselves. From epic director Roland Emmerich, MOONFALL is the first battle waged by humanity against a seemingly unstoppable enemy, unlocking a mystery of cosmic proportions.
Emmerich’s production banner Centropolis Entertainment is producing “Moonfall,” which is currently in pre-production and is aiming a start date of the first quarter of 2020.
Emmerich is currently finishing up “Midway,” a historical war epic about the Battle of Midway.