Independence Day, 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow director Roland Emmerich is back with more disaster porn.
The trailer has arrived for Moonfall, a sci-fi film that, as the creative title suggests, has the moon hurtling on a collision course with earth. Cue epic destruction! Halle Berry, Patrick Wilson, Michael Peña and Donald Sutherland are among the cast of this special effects extravaganza, which Emmerich penned with longtime collaborator Harald Kloser (the composer who also co-wrote Emmerich’s 10,000 BC and 2012) and Spenser Cohen (Extinction).
It’s been quite a while since Emmerich had a bonafide hit. His 2019 war film Midway was far from a box office smash, the less said about 2016 sequel Independence Day: Resurgence the better, and his expensive 2013 Channing Tatum-starrer White House Down didn’t bring the house down with big numbers either. We’re looking at 2009 effort 2012 as the last box office shaker for Emmerich, who I would say could be back to a winner, if only the pandemic didn’t put the odds against him. It will also be interesting to see if audiences are keen for a cataclysmic disaster flick, although Gerard Butler’s 2020 release Greenland did well enough to warrant a sequel, so you never know.
Fingers crossed for a big, fun blockbuster here! Moonfall, also starring John Bradley, Charlie Plummer, Kelly Yu, Eme Ikwuakor, and Carolina Bartczak, opens in Australian cinemas on February 3rd and US cinemas on February 4th, 2022.
Official synopsis for Moonfall:
In Roland Emmerich’s MOONFALL, a mysterious force knocks the moon from its orbit around Earth and sends it hurtling on a collision course with life as we know it. With mere weeks before impact and the world on the brink of annihilation, NASA executive and former astronaut Jo Fowler (Halle Berry) is convinced she has the key to saving us all – but only one astronaut from her past, Brian Harper (Patrick Wilson), and conspiracy theorist K.C. Houseman (John Bradley) believe her. The unlikely heroes will mount an impossible last-ditch mission into space only to find out that our moon is not what we think it is.