It was recently announced that JJ Abrams was set to produce the disaster flick, Earthquake, with his Bad Robot production company for Universal. However, with Universal already having a disaster film called Earthquake in their back catalogue from 1974, it has been made clear that this film is not a remake.
JJ Abrams is set to add his skills to this big budget disaster flick, an idea that has been around since 2008. However, according to Deadline, the film is moving ahead as Universal have hired Milk and J. Edgar writer Dustin Lance Black to write the screenplay. Black won an Oscar for his screenplay for Milk, and he is currently working on adapting the Jon Krakauer book Under the Banner of Heaven for Warner Brothers. Ron Howard is set to direct, with Brian Grazer producing.
Earthquake is not the only earthquake themed disaster film on the horizon: New Line are already working on a earthquake themed disaster film called San Andreas 3D, although this film is also in the very early stages.
As happened with Volcano/Dante’s Peak and Deep Impact/Armageddon, we could be looking at two big budget earthquake films arriving in the same year. More on this as it develops.
By Matt Wavish