Anyway, while it still has yet to lock down the cast, Sony is getting into the ring stamping Emmerich's "White House Down" with a November 1, 2013 release date, pitting it against Summit's franchise hopeful "Ender's Game." So why is Sony all hot and bothered to get this going? Well, for one, they paid a staggering $3 million for the script by James Vanderbilt ("Zodiac," "The Amazing Spider-Man") that is said to be a cross between "Die Hard" and "Air Force One" (boner jams!) about a paramilitary takeover of the White House (probably by terrorists is our guess).
Now, it should be noted this was the date previously held by Emmerich's sci-fi "Singularity" which was put on hold to work out script issues. And so considering not only the price, but also how much of a no-brainer it is, "White House Down" will come first, the studio assuring fans that "Singularity" is still in the pipeline. While Sony has a date, Millenium Entertainment's movie doesn't have distribution though they hope to leave Cannes with some territories sold and a deal locked up.
Anyway, this pissing match should be interesting to watch particularly now that the two movies have similar titles. Get your lawyers ready.... [THR]