Monday, May 19, 2008
Cusack Joins 2012; Ejiofor In Talks
John Cusack has signed on to play the lead role in Roland Emmerich's new movie 2012 for Columbia Pictures. Emmerich, who you know as the director of Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow, co-wrote this big-budget epic (does he direct any other kinds of movies? I don't think so).
The movie follows "an academic who opens a portal into a parallel universe and makes contact with his double in order to prevent an apocalypse predicted by the ancient Mayans."
These destruction movies seem to be coming into fashion or something, with Cloverfield, The Happening, and all kinds of others hitting theaters recently. At least this one brings something fairly original to the table by featuring the Mayan prophecy (which is a real thing that a lot of people actually believe in). Something decidedly NOT original about this is the concept of opening a portal into a parallel universe, which reeks of Stargate and could be the worst part about this movie when it gets released next year.
The good parts about it, as far as I'm concerned, are the casting of Cusack (who's pretty awesome, let's be honest) and Chiwetel Ejiofor, who is quickly rising on my favorite actor list. Ejiofor hasn't officially signed yet, but if he wants some money he better sign on the dotted line. Emmerich's films may not be the most brilliant cinematic pieces of work, but they sure can bring home the bacon.