Roland Emmerich, ‘White House Down’ and the ‘Die Hard’ Formula
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Last month, Sony Pictures picked up a spec script titled White House Down, written by James Vanderbilt (Zodiac, The Amazing Spider-Man). Sources say it sold for $3 million, a pricey purchase in the revitalized spec market and the largest sale of the year. At the very least, the buzzed-about purchase is a good sign that Sony executives are happy with his The Amazing Spider-Man script, and they are certainly willing to pay to make sure he is happy too.
Then, a week ago, director Roland Emmerich was reportedly in talks to make White House Down his next feature, all but promising his usual bombastic brand of large-scale action (Deadline). Emmerich is the same director who famously obliterated the President’s house in his 1996 blockbuster Independence Day and toppled more historical landmarks the world over in 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow.
Except, this time, the action will take place primarily on the inside of the West Wing, where a paramilitary group is staging a coup of the U.S. g
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