Speaking to EW, he revealed that the show would be provisionally titled 2013, and that the plot would follow directly on, albeit with a different cast. “The plan is that it is 2013 and it’s about what happens after the disaster,” the director said, on the red carpet for his film. “It is about the resettling of Earth. That is very, very fascinating. [2012 producer] Harald Kloser and I came up with the idea and we have the luxury of having a producer on the film who is a big TV producer, Mark Gordon. We said to Mark, ‘Why don’t you do a TV show that picks up where the movie leaves off and call it 2013?’ I think it will focus on a group of people who survived but not on the boats… maybe they were on a piece of land that was spared or one that became an island in the process of the crust moving. There are so many possibilities of what they could do and I’d be excited to watch it.”
2012 is released on 13 November. Emmerich currently has several projects beyond this film and the proposed series, including a film discussing whether Shakespeare actually wrote the works attributed to him, and an upcoming adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s science fiction epic, Foundation, which he spoke to SciFiNow about recently.
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