EXCLUSIVE: Roland Emmerich is in talks to next direct White House Down, the James Vanderbilt-scripted action drama. Sony Pictures paid $3 million when Vanderbilt and his Mythology Entertainment partners brought the spec script to market last week. The film focuses on a paramilitary takeover of the White House and was compared to Die Hard when it fetched the highest sum for a spec script so far this year for Vanderbilt, who scripted The Amazing Spider-Man for Sony and is working on the sequel to the Marc Webb-directed 3D film that stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone.
Emmerich and his producing partner Harald Kloser will join Mythology Entertainment partners Bradley Fischer, Vanderbilt, and Laeta Kalogridis to produce the film. It will be his next project as director, and production is slated to begin in the fall. Emmerich will follow White House Down with Singularity, which remains a priority project at Columbia Pictures. Kloser is also a producer of Singularity. Vanderbilt’s script work includes Zodiac, he’s adapting Red Riding for Steve Zaillian’s Film Rites and Ridley Scott, and is doing a production rewrite on Robocop. Emmerich is repped by CAA.