If you’re going to make an earthquake movie, I guess hiring an Oscar winner isn’t the worst option. That’s the line of thinking for Universal and Bad Robot, who, according to Deadline, have contracted Dustin Lance Black (Milk, J. Edgar) to write their cleverly-titled disaster film, Earthquake.
Not a remake of the Charlton Heston… classic (?), but simply another Universal-backed project which turns some major city (maybe Los Angeles, once again) into a pile of rubble. Different territory for the history-inclined Black, but also the second project of this sort he’s found himself right in the midst of; the other would be his gestating comic book adaptation, 3 Story. Better, still, to have a (arguably) proven scribe doing the work than their past writer, David Seltzer (The Omen).
It’s mildly interesting to note that Abrams’ former Lost partner, Carlton Cuse, has already been tapped to write another Earthquake film: San Andreas 3D, a survival story that Brad Peyton (Journey 2) will be directing for New Line. There are little expectations from me, when it comes to either film, save for good entertainment and a difference in storytelling. We don’t need two earthquake movies, ever, so don’t make me sit through the same thing twice.
Is Black a reasonable choice for a project like Earthquake?
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