Roland Emmerich’s THE ZONE gets canned

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
November 9th, 2010

Roland Emmerich directing a film

Well, that didn’t take very long.

According to THR, production has been canned on the recently announced alien invasion film, THE ZONE. The film was announced in late October, and would have seen director Roland Emmerich delve into the world of “found footage” films.

The film was said to have been improve based, and would have only had a budget of $5 million, as opposed to his usual $100 million-plus. No word has been given as to why the film was cancelled.

Personally, I don’t quite understand why Columbia didn’t decide to keep the film and simply release the film after the upcoming slate of alien-related films, such as BATTLE: LOS ANGELES and the recently announced Timur Bekmambetov produced APOLLO 18, particularly knowing just how massive Emmerich film’s do at the box office.  It would have been a massively positive thing for the studio as a whole, so I am not quite sure why it ended up falling apart. However, I do have to say, it’s not a film that I’ll be missing.

What about you?

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