Monday, November 16, 2009

'2012' TV Show Would Be 'A Little Bit Like 'Lost,' ' Director Says

Let's say you weren't one of the millions of people who showed up to see the end-of-times demolition-fest "2012" over the weekend, contributing to its $225 million global box-office haul. First of all, what's wrong with you? That flick is kind of amazing! Second, you should stop reading now because everything that follows explodes with SPOILERS.

"2012" ends with John Cusack, his family and a couple hundred thousand other survivors on a series of high-tech floating arks they've boarded to avoid the earthquakes and tsunamis that consume the planet. As the weather settles down and the clouds begin to clear, the arks set sail for the only remaining land mass still above water, the Cape of Good Hope in Africa. What will happen when they arrive?

That's a question director Roland Emmerich plans to answer in a new "2012" TV spin-off that will pick up in 2013, after the ships have reached Africa.

"It's a little bit like 'Lost,' " he explained in a recent interview with MTV News. "I kind of said, 'This would make an interesting TV show.' At the end of the movie — I don't want to give it away — but they find one continent that's left and they go there. I'm so interested in what will happen, because naturally on this continent there are survivors. What will they say when these arks show up?"

Don't expect to see Cusack, Amanda Peet, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton or any of the other stars from "2012" in the TV series. The small-screen cast, Emmerich said, will be a "whole new set of people," some plucked from the arks and those who survived in Africa (who never appeared in the movie). Entertainment Weekly recently reported that the show is being shopped to "Lost" home ABC, but the network refused to comment on the potential series.

If the show is anything like "Lost," the survivors and the original inhabitants are not likely to get along. As Emmerich put it, "It's this concept of, everybody thinks the future will be all pride- and conflict-free, and it isn't."

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