Director: Stephen Sommers
U.S. Opening Date: TBA
What would happen if a rogue star flew into our solar
system and slammed into the Earth?
Alpha Centauri is on a collision course for Earth, and
mass hysteria of biblical proportions breaks out in the streets. But when
a billionaire astronomer discovers a planet capable of sustaining life
orbiting Alpha Centauri, he plans to build a rocket to transport a small
group of people to the planet in order to populate it and insure survival
of the human race.
First announced as long ago as 2005 when Spielberg
remade War of the Worlds, this remake
of this 1951 sci-fi “classic” (it isn’t really that good) still seems to
be alive. According to recent press reports it is one of the projects that
Steven Spielberg will continue “developing” for Paramount (along with the
Transformers sequel) despite DreamWorks’
recent split with the studio.
“Developing” however doesn’t mean “directing” and it
seems that the director’s chair will unfortunately not be filled by the
great bearded one. Instead Stephen Sommers (of Mummy and Van
Helsing infamy) will be directing – so expect a loud soundtrack with
loads of CGI effects in which major global landmarks will probably get
The original When Worlds
Collide was somewhat staid – a polite disaster film for a more polite
era (despite the Earth about to die screaming there are hardly any social
unrest!), so expect this remake to make up for all that quiet . . .
In the July 2009 issue of Fantastique magazine,
director Sommers had the following to say in an interview: "Steven
Spielberg and I have a great script for When Worlds Collide. We
just have to wait now because of Roland Emmerich’s
2012. It’s too close a project."
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