Roland Emmerich’s sci-fi movie Moonfall hurtles towards earth at Universal Pictures

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Jun 24, 2016, 4:20 PM EDT

Seems like it’s all about Roland Emmerich these days. His new movie, Independence Day: Resurgence is blasting away onto the big screen starting today and there's been a lot of chat about his other movie project: the Stargate movie reboot. And now Emmerich has another space epic on the way.

According to Deadline, Universal Pictures has nabbed Moonfall, a spec script penned by Roland Emmerich with his 2012 co-writer Harald Kloser and Spencer Cohen, who wrote Extinction for Good Universe and Mandeville.

We’re also told the movie will be fast-tracked with Emmerich directing (what does it mean for the Stargate reboot over at MGM?) and producing with Kloser. It’s the dynamic duo’s seventh collaboration together. They both worked on The Day After Tomorrow, 10,000 BC, 2012, Anonymous, White House Down and Independence Day: Resurgence

So, what’s Moonfall about? The movie is being described as “Emmerich’s 2012 mashed together with Close Encounters of the Third Kind, following an unlikely band of misfits who must unite to save humanity when the moon falls out of orbit and hurtles towards earth.”

I don't know about you, but I've a vivid image of a Space: 1999 (the 1970s TV series) meets Armageddon type of scenario in my head. Could be fun. But I have to say I'm mostly intrigued by the Close Encounters of the Third Kind reference. I wonder how that will play out in Roland Emmerich's Moonfall.

There’s no release date slated for the movie yet, but since it’s being fast-tracked, I’m guessing we should start hearing casting news and the like soon.

(via Deadline)