Sony Picks Up Emmerich’s 2012

Sony Pictures Entertainment has landed Roland Emmerich’s apocalyptic spec script “2012” and has targeted a July 10th 2009 release date says the trades.

The script story the idea of the Mayan calendar, which predicts the world ending in 2012, with natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions, typhoons and glaciers plaguing the planet and a large cast of characters dealing with the mayhem.

Emmerich (“The Day After Tomorrow,” “10,000 B.C.”) co-wrote the script with Harald Kloser and will direct. He shopped the script around to studios on Wednesday who all expressed interest.

By the end though many pulled out due the costs, said to be a $200 million budget and a $20 million against 25% of first-dollar gross price tag for Emmerich himself. Others reportedly disliked the story.

Production is scheduled to begin either late Summer or early Fall.