2012 in 2009

Sony Pictures Entertainment has landed Roland Emmerich's apocalyptic spec script 2012 and has targeted a July 10th 2009 release date, that's a week after Ice Age 3 and up against Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

The script follows the idea of the Mayan calendar, which predicts the world ending in 2012, with natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions, typhoons and glaciers plaguing the planet into disaster, and a large cast of characters dealing with the mayhem.

Emmerich (The Day After Tomorrow, 10,000 B.C.) co-wrote the script with Harald Kloser (music composer) and will direct. He shopped the script around to studios on Wednesday who all expressed interest.

Many studios pulled out of the bidding war, due to the high budget, said to be a $200 million and a $20 million against 25% of first-dollar gross price tag for Emmerich himself. Some studios reportedly disliked the story.

Production is scheduled to begin either late Summer or early Fall.

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