Roland Emmerichs alien invasion film The Zone is dead

The Zone

Roland Emmerich’s micro-budget alien invasion movie The Zone has been shut down just a week before it was set to go in front of cameras.

The found-footage film - which Emmerich was going to make for just $5m, and would have been a departure for the director’s usual gargantuan-budget CGI-fests - has inexplicably been shut down.

His reps just had this to say: “This is not a project (Emmerich) is pursuing at this time.”

Though Emmerich has yet to comment on the situation himself, it’s a possibility that Hollywood’s sudden obsession with found-footage movies is the cause of The Zone getting the boot.

That said, Paranormal Activity 2 drew big numbers, and $5m is barely a blip on the scale where Hollywood movies are concerned, so it’s difficult to understand why a studio wouldn’t mind chucking so little at Emmerich to see what he produces.

Does this mean the director will return to his usual giant actioners now that his attempt at a smaller-scale movie has fallen through? Keep watching those skies…

Josh Winning has worn a lot of hats over the years. Contributing Editor at Total Film, writer for SFX, and senior film writer at the Radio Times. Josh has also penned a novel about mysteries and monsters, is the co-host of a movie podcast, and has a library of pretty phenomenal stories from visiting some of the biggest TV and film sets in the world. He would also like you to know that he "lives for cat videos..." Don't we all, Josh. Don't we all.