Sam Raimi and District 9 producer Bill Block are in talks with Warner Bros. to set up the alien invasion flick EDF. Vulture read the script written by Air Force One screenwriter Andrew Marlowe and loved it, calling the story a mix between Top Gun and Independence Day with a pinch of The Last Starfighter. The plot has the countries of the world uniting to prepare against an oncoming alien invasion.
Hit the jump for a more detailed description of the premise along with what else Raimi has going on.
Here’s Vulture’s synopsis of EDF (which stands for “Earth Defense Force”):
In EDF, we open on a U.S. military operation gone awry: Sent to rescue what they believe is a sub that’s accidentally bumped into a mine in Chinese waters, U.S. naval aviators quickly wind up engaged in a dogfight with a squadron of Chinese air force pilots. Soon, planes on both sides are being shot out of the sky, but not by the Chinese or US pilots, but by three alien attack fighters, which soon depart and destroy many of the world’s landmarks and military installations, then, vanish. It’s a test of Earth’s defensive capabilities, and we failed. Shortly after, NASA detects a radiation signature in a nearby galaxy, indicating a far more massive attack coming in about ten months, and world leaders set about trying to create super-aircraft and weapons that can fight off the coming invasion.
Quick question: why do aliens hate our landmarks? Is the Eiffel Tower some kind of intergalactic “Fuck You”?
There’s no word on who will direct and Vulture says it’s likely that Raimi won’t take the helm. Raimi is currently at work on the Wizard of Oz reimagining Oz, The Great and Powerful. He’s also attached to an adaptation of the popular video game World of Warcraft and an adaptation of the comic book Earp: Saints for Sinners.