Movie News in 60 Seconds: Roland Emmerich May Take ‘White House Down’; Adam Sandler Wants More ‘Summer School’; Robert Redford’s Watergate Doc

Movie News in 60 Seconds: Roland Emmerich May Take ‘White House Down’; Adam Sandler Wants More ‘Summer School’; Robert Redford’s Watergate Doc

Apr 03, 2012

Independence Day

White House Going Down, Baby!: Once upon a time, he convinced aliens to destroy the White House. Now planetary disaster specialist Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, 2012) wants to take it down again, this time with humans.  He’s in talks to direct White House Down, a hot script by hot writer James Vanderbilt (Zodiac, The Amazing Spider-Man, Total Recall, RoboCop) that recently sold to Sony for $3 million. The project, referred to informally as ‘Die Hard at the White House,’ concerns a paramilitary takeover of the President’s modest abode. [Deadline]

Sit Down, Young Man: Having turned 1969’s Cactus Flower into last year’s Just Go With It, Adam Sandler is now ready to convert 1987’s Summer School into next year’s Fill in the Anonymous Title. Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions wants to produce the remake of Carl Reiner’s original, which starred Mark Harmon as a gym teacher forced to teach a class of misfits. The remake has been in development hell since 2005; Sandler is not attached to star, though that could change. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Redford and Watergate: Before the book All the President’s Men by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein was published, Robert Redford optioned the movie rights, eventually playing Woodward in Alan J. Pakula’s 1976 film version. And now, to complete the cycle, Redford will produce and narrate an ambitious documentary for the Discovery Channel. All the President’s Men Revisited aims to explore the effects of the Watergate scandal on politics and the media over the past 40 years; the doc will air next year. [New York Times]

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