Independence Day director Roland Emmerich helming Moonfall | EW.com

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Roland Emmerich to direct sci-fi film Moonfall

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Roland Emmerich destroyed his fair share of the world in various films, including this weekend’s Independence Day: Resurgence. Now, he’s set his sights on the moon. 

EW has confirmed the director will next helm Moonfall, a film based on a spec script recently acquired by Universal. Written by Emmerich, Harold Kloser, and Spencer Cohen, the story is described as a collision between 2012 and Close Encounters of the Third Kind: an unlikely band of misfits must unite to save humanity when the moon falls out of orbit and comes crashing down on Earth.

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This is not to be confused with Moonfall, a different sci-fi spec script by David Wells that Darren Aronofsky was reportedly eyeing to helm in 2014. 

Emmerich and Kloser already worked together on several films with equally apocalypitc circumstances, including White House Down, The Day After Tomorrow, and 10,000 B.C. Their latest, Resurgence, debuted with approximately $4 million from Thursday night screenings 

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