- Cast: John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Danny Glover, Thandie Newton, Oliver Platt, Woody Harrelson, Chin Han, Morgan Lily, Beatrice Rosen, George Segal, Jimi Mistry, Patrick Bauchau, John Billingsley, Thomas McCarthy, Agam Darshi, Johann Urb, Patrick Gilmore, Blu Mankuma, Henry O, Liam James, Lisa Lu
- Director: Roland Emmerich
- Writers: Roland Emmerich, Harald Kloser
- Producers: Roland Emmerich, Larry J. Franco, Harald Kloser
- Co Producers: Aaron Boyd, Volker Engel, Marc Weigert
- Associate Producer: Kirstin Winkler
- Executive Producers: Ute Emmerich, Mark Gordon, Michael Wimer
- Art Direction: Don Macaulay
- Castings: Susan Taylor Brouse, Scott David, Judy Lee, April Webster
- Costume Design: Shay Cunliffe
- D.O.P.: Dean Semler
- Editors: David Brenner, Peter S. Elliot
- Makeup: Thomas Nellen
- Music: Harald Kloser
- Production Design: Barry Chusid
- Set Decoration: Elizabeth Wilcox
Never before has a date in history been so significant to so many cultures, so many religions, scientists, and governments. "2012" is an epic adventure about a global cataclysm that brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Los Angeles, USA; Vancouver, Canada
- Production Budget: $200 million
- Production Companies: Centropolis Entertainment, Farewell Productions, Sony Pictures Entertainment
- Production Schedule: 23 July 2008 - October 2008
The title refers to the end-date of the current (13th) b'ak'tun of the Long Count calendar, used by the Mayan Meso-American civilization. In their creation myth, we live in the fourth "attempt" at creating the world, while the third attempt was dismissed as a failure after its own 13th b'ak'tun. Though Mayan documents contain no such information, popular culture and certain religions predict an apocalyptic event at this date. It is popularly misunderstood that the calendar "ends" on this date, however the Long Count calendar can express dates from approximately 3000BC (their date for the creation of the current world) to approximately 40 octillion years in the future. It is almost impossible to express this date in a mortally comprehensible fashion.
The teaser trailer uses the exact same ambient music score from the trailer to The Shining (1980).