Well, that was fast. Earlier today, we wrote about how studios are buying back into the Die Hard model of action film and one of their recent acquisitions was a spec script called White House Down, written by The Amazing Spider-Man scribe James Vanderbilt. Only a few hours later, Deadline is reporting that Independence Day director Roland Emmerich is in talks to direct. More below.
We now have a slightly better description of the plot, which is described as involving a paramilitary takeover of The White House. It’s not much to go on, but with the addition of Emmerich as the director, I think we have a better idea of what to expect. I was one of the few people who actually found quite a bit to like about Emmerich’s Shakespeare film Anonymous, but most people seem to agree that he’s best suited for massive budget CGI “disaster porn.” White House Down sounds a little more contained than the globe-spanning nonsense of 2012, his last blockbuster, and that’s definitely a good thing; I’ll be interested to see what Emmerich can do with an action drama that sounds like it falls squarely in between the two extremes.