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Roland Emmerich Looks To Blow Up The White House Again With Action Pic 'White House Down'

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist April 2, 2012 at 10:32PM

He already blew up the White House once in "Independence Day" so why not make it the setting for an action film?
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Roland Emmerich White House

He already blew up the White House once in "Independence Day" so why not make it the setting for an action film?

That's likely the answer Roland Emmerich is giving to the question no one asked, as Deadline reports that the director is in talks to direct the hottest script of the year (so far), "White House Down." Purchased by Sony last week for a staggering $3 million, the plot of the script by James Vanderbilt ("Zodiac," "The Amazing Spider-Man") is being kept under wraps, but is said to be an action flick about a paramilitary takeover of the White House (probably by terrorists is our guess), in the vein of "Die Hard" meets "Air Force One," which probably made a lot of execs cream their pants. And bearing more than a passing similarity to the other White House action movie "Olympus Has Fallen," recently announced, with Gerard Butler in the leading role, it's no surprise the studio wants this one knocked out fast.

Remember Emmerich's sci-fi thingy "Singularity" that was recently moved to a November 1, 2013 release date? Well, he's still on that project set up at Sony's sister company Columbia Pictures, but the plan is that he'll knock this one out first. That should give more than enough time for author and futurist Ray Kurzweil to continue tinkering on the script, after being brought on board the project last fall.

Now the big question is: who will be the hero who saves the day?

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