Cable network FX has nabbed the TV rights to air 2012, the new Roland Emmerich (The Day After Tomorrow, Independence Day), disaster movie that was first place at the box office this weekend. The film earned $225 million from its worldwide debut. Along with 2012, FX has snagged the rights to another Sony film that opened at No. 1 this fall, the horror-comedy Zombieland, starring Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone, which will be available at the end of next year.
The license fee for both films is said to be standard, which is about 12% of their domestic box office.
2012 will premiere on FX in the beginning of 2012 just in time for the end of the world.
FX has been purchasing the rights for some of 2009’s biggest earning movies including Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Star Trek, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Monsters vs. Aliens, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Proposal and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.
2012 follows the prophecy stated “by the ancient Mayan calendar, which says that the world will come to an end on December 21, 2012. When a global cataclysm thrusts the world into chaos, divorced writer and father Jackson Curtis (John Cusack) joins the race to ensure that humankind is not completely wiped out. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Danny Glover, Amanda Peet, Thandie Newton, and Oliver Platt round out the cast of this end-of-the-world thriller co-scripted by the director and his 10,000 B.C. writer/composer, Harald Kloser.”
Emmerich previously revealed that he has a keen interest in developing a sequel to 2012 as a TV series. “The plan is that it is 2013 and it’s about what happens after the disaster,” Emmerich opened up about the plot. “It is about the resettling of Earth. That is very, very fascinating.” Mark Gordon (Grey’s Anatomy) is slated to assist him in the production. However, it looks like 2012 the TV series will be bought by ABC to replace Lost, which will end mid-season 2010.
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