What happens when the moon starts hurtling towards the Earth? Independence Day director Roland Emmerich intends to find out.

You can’t say that director Roland Emmerich doesn’t try to give you bang for your buck, even if his movies don’t always hit the mark. Independence Day and Stargate probably remain the high watermarks of his directorial career, whilst films such as Independence Day: Resurgence, The Day After Tomorrow and 2012 haven’t quite had as many people scrambling for a special edition disc release.

Nonetheless, with his latest venture, Midway, crossing $100m at the global box office, he’s set to start shooting a brand new sci-fi movie later this year. In fact, news has now reached us that filming is planned for the spring, with a $150m budget.

It’s called Moonfall, and features – yes! – a force that knocks the moon from its natural orbit, sending it hurtling towards the Earth.

If he casts Gerard Butler in this, I’ll buy my ticket now.

Emmerich has penned the script with Harold Kloser and Spenser Cohen. Casting hasn’t yet been announced, but we do now hear that he’s teamed up once again with Lionsgate – who released Midway – for his new venture.

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