FishbowlLA EXCLUSIVE: Karl Marx said that history repeats itself, “first as tragedy, second as farce.” Dialectical materialism may not be the strong suit of New Line Cinema production chief Toby Emmerich , but he is nonetheless readying a comedic remake of 1998’s highest grossing film, “Armageddon.”
Entitled “Armagedd-again: The Day Before Tomorrow,” the comedy already has interest from original “Armageddon” star Bruce Willis , who’s in discussions with the studio. This time, though, Willis is apparently considering playing the president of the United States, one who must simultaneously contend with a looming alien invasion, a planet-smashing asteroid and a dawning Ice Age by sending a team of highly trained stereotypes into space.
(Script is by Robert Moniot, who’s directed 2001’s sublimely tongue-bursting-through cheek “Pearl Harbor II: Pearlmageddon” and by Travis Oates – whoever that is.)
New Line is apparently keeping this one in the family: Toby’s brother Noah Emmerich is attached to produce.
After tired schlock like “Hostage” it sure would be nice to see Bruce do comedy again: Viz, “We’re looking for a man with a mole on his nose. What kind of clothes? What kind of clothes do you suppose? This man that we’re seeking, with the mole on his nose? We’re not sure of his clothes, or anything else – but he is Chinese, a big clue by itself…”
Ah, “Moonlighting” – we hardly knew ye.