Roland Emmerich’s Singularity is put on hold
Singularity, the sci-fi epic from Roland ‘William Shakes-who?‘ Emmerich, has been suspended in pre-production while its script is revised.
Sony insists that this doesn’t herald a stay in development hell for Singularity, which is based on the concept of the ‘technological singularity’ – the hypothetical point at which artificial intelligence overtakes our own brand. Emmerich and his 2012 co-screenwriter Harald Kloser will be joined at the editing table by noted futurist Ray Kurzweil, who has been influential in the development of singularity theory for many years. How he feels about the plot (a scientist inadvertently transplants the consciousness of his dying son into a swarm of nanobots which take on his physical form) is not yet clear.
To be honest, we can’t blame Sony for treading carefully – Singularity has a $175m budget, and Emmerich’s most recent film Anonymous hasn’t exactly gone down a storm with either critics or cinemagoers. Still, when you consider that casting was supposed to begin this week things do look a little panicky…