Lionsgate Obtains Rights to Roland Emmerich Moonfall Science Fiction Action Movie
Lionsgate has successfully acquired the American theatrical distribution rights of director Roland Emmerich's upcoming epic titled Moonfall, which will be his latest sci-fi action movie since the direction of the 2016 Independence Day: Resurgence. Production is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2020, with the studio planning to release the film in 2021.
Roland Emmerich is the undisputed master of spectacular high-concept epics, and the premise and promise of "Moonfall". it's the kind of action tent pole that will go to the movies in 2021, ”Lionsgate's president of acquisitions and co-productions, Jason Constantine said in a statement. "This is the kind of theatrical visual entertainment that Roland does better than anyone and we are excited to partner with him once again."
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In Moonfall, a mysterious force that knocks the moon from its orbit around the earth and spears it on a collision course with life as we know it. With just a few weeks before impact, and against all odds, a disorganized team launches an impossible last-minute mission into space, leaving behind all they love and risking everything to land on the lunar surface and save our planet from annihilation.
The film is written by Emmerich, along with Harald Kloser and Spenser Cohen. It was compared as a combination of 2012 and Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Type, after "an unlikely group of misfits who must come together to save humanity when the moon comes out of orbit and launches toward Earth."
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Emmerich will also be acting as a producer through his Centropolis track. While Kloser is set as a producer through his street entertainment company.
Building on Midway's surprise success, this new project will mark the second collaboration between Emmerich and Lionsgate. The Independence Day director has been in charge of Moonfall since 2016, but had to suspend production of the film for Midway, which opened earlier this month.
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