In November 2011, Sony stopped pre-production on Roland Emmerich’s (2012, The Day After Tomorrow, Independence Day) sci-fi film Singularity. It was supposed to deal with a moment 40 years in the future when humankind risks being overtaken by its technology and focus on a nanobot-laden young man. The project is supposedly just on hold pending review and suggestions from a sci-tech expert, but Emmerich is moving forward with other projects in the meantime. ABC has ordered Emmerich to bring a somewhat science fiction-ish drama script he’s co-written on to pilot for the 2012-13 season.
There isn’t a lot of information about the untitled project in Variety’s announcement, aside from a brief story or concept synopsis: “Set in New York City, the story is set against the backdrop of the presidential race of 2012, when a young astrophysics student learns his destiny lies not in science but somewhere between heaven and hell.” That’s pretty vague and leans dangerously in the anti-intellectual/anti-scientific direction, but we should probably withhold too much judgement until we get a few more details about plot and casting. At the very least, it might be interesting to see how a sci-fi/fantasy series might take on the upcoming election.
Emmerich co-wrote the script with Harald Kloser (2012, 10,000 BC) and will direct the pilot. He’ll also executive produce via his Centropolis Entertainment along with Mark Gordon (2012, Source Code, Reaper), Kloser, and Nicholas Pepper. It’s the first drama pilot ABC has commissioned for the 2012-13 season and a bit of a move away from Emmerich’s more recent focus on Shakespeare-related big screen features.