Emmerich Gets Into Low-Budget “Zone”

“Independence Day,” “2012” and “The Day After Tomorrow” director Roland Emmerich is set to churn out another film in the sci-fi disaster genre with “The Zone” says the trades.

Shoot in the ‘found footage’ pseudo-documentary style ala “Cloverfield” and “Paranormal Activity”, the story revolves around an alien invasion and will utilise a cast with relative unknowns improvising much of their performances.

The two lead characters will be a haggard middle-aged TV journalist and his young 20-something cameraman. Unlike Emmerich’s previous mega-budget films, ‘Zone’ will be shot for just $5 million.

Guillaume Tunzini penned the script and Loucas George is a producer. Shooting kicks off in November and Sony Pictures is expected (but not confirmed) to distribute.