Dustin Lance Black Set to Pen EARTHQUAKE Disaster Flick; J.J. Abrams to Produce

     July 27, 2012


Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk) has been tapped to pen Earthquake, a disaster pic produced by J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk for Universal.   The picture is a fresh take on natural disaster fare and only shares a title and a subject with Universal’s previous effort in 1974 starring Charlton Heston.   Earthquake may now set itself up to compete with New Line’s own earth shaking project, San Andreas 3D.  Deadline reports that the Universal project first had David Seltzer (The Omen) attached to write in 2008 and now gains momentum with Black in the mix.  The writer’s most recent projects include J. Edgar, an adaptation of Jon Krakauer’s book Under the Banner of Heaven  for Warner Bros. and a script for Fox’s Barefoot Bandit. 

  • J.Bradley

    Earthquake was my favorite of the 70′s disaster movies and really it seems it’s more the model of the disaster movies that came after. Even moreso than the Airport movies that started it all. I’m thinking this could be like last year’s “Contagion” – with all the here’s-what-could-happen technical details with the screen-filling visuals of “2012″.

  • Tey

    So I’m guessing this is the first disaster film which will have mild to full on homosexual reference?

    • John

      Haha I was just thinking the same thing.

  • Collin V.

    Is he still writing an American Idiot adaptation…?