Sam Raimi and “District 9” producer Bill Block are trying to set up a new, massive sci-fi movie in the genre called “Earth Defense Force” over at Warner Bros. What’s this “EDF” movie about, you ask? I’m glad you asked. Vulture has all your details:
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.
Sounds like a dandy of a sci-fi tale, no?
The script is from “Air Force One” writer Andrew Marlowe, who is also executive producing ABC’s crime/comedy “Castle” on TV.
“EDF”, if it ends up being made, will join other big-budget tentpole alien invasion movies like “Battlefield: Los Angeles”, “Skyline”, and Peter Berg’s “Battleship”. And that’s just the big guns. There are other, smaller guns waiting for their big break out there, too, like “The Darkest Hour”, and others.