Universal PLANNING Skyscraper DISASTER flick!
Good News for DISASTER fans. According to Variety, Universal has acquired the rights to produce a film entitled SKYSCAPER. The story (a pitch by a screenwriter named Mike Sobel) is being described as a modern day TOWERING INFERNO, in which a Donald Trump-like developer sets out to build a mile high super structure in the city of Chicago. When the tower starts to falter, a crew must rescue the city from mayhem. Surprisingly, studios are not overly gunshy about producing movies in this genre, considering Warner Bros took a financial bath with its Wolfgang Peterson re-imagining of POSEIDON just a few years ago. Universal also has plans to develop a new Earthquake related film and Roland Emmerich (Day After Tomorrow) will start production shortly on “2012,” a film described as an ‘end of the world’ movie. Personally, I still feel that the 1972 film, The Poseidon Adventure, and 1974’s, The Towering Inferno, were the benchmarks for this genre. I must admit I hope this trend continues – I love this stuff!
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