Earlier last fall, heat began building around a new Sam Raimi-produced project, "Earth Defense Force" (aka "EDF"). With a script from from "Air Force One" screenwriter and "Castle" executive producer Andrew Marlowe, the project drew the attention of Warner Bros. who entered negotiations for the rights and later, Pierre Morel, leaving the stalled "Dune" project, circled the director's chair.

Things continue to move forward as Danny Strong has been hired to rewrite the script, sources close to the production have confirmed with The Playlist. With the acclaimed Emmy nominated HBO drama "Recount" under his belt, Strong will tackle the story that takes place as three alien fighters attack the planet, leaving the governments of the planet humiliated and causing Earth’s leaders to respond by collectively forming a fighting force in preparation for the next larger alien attack.

No word yet on a projected start date, but clearly the filmmakers are working to get the story right before bringing it in front of cameras. The project is being produced by Renaissance Pictures.