Roland Emmerch and Ron Howard developing disaster movies featuring the moon



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Disaster movies have involved everything from capsizing ocean liners, to asteroids on a collision course with Earth. But now two famous film directors are working on movies that involve the Earth being threatened by the Moon.

Roland Emmerich, most famous for such movies as Independence Day and its recent sequel Independence Day: Resurgence, has started developing a film called Moonfall. The premise of the film is that, suddenly, the Moon drops out of orbit around the Earth and is headed on a collision course with our home planet. Only a motley band of misfits will be able to stop the Moon’s inexorable approach and save the world and all of its seven and a half billion people.

Ron Howard has directed a great body of work, including Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind. Howard is developing a movie based on the science fiction novel Seveneves by Neal Stephenson. The story starts when, all of a sudden and for no apparent reason, the Moon breaks apart into seven separate pieces. Scientists soon discover that the Earth has just two years to live as the parts of the Moon continue to collide together and make smaller pieces, eventually to bombard the Earth and destroy it. The nations of the world desperately set out to save the last remnant of humanity by building space habitats.