Well, it’s not exactly a sequel, but it’s close enough. 2012 director Roland Emmerich confirmed to EW that a small-screen version of the movie is already in the works. Emmerich ensures that there is “plenty to do in a TV show”:
“The plan is that it is 2013 and it’s about what happens after the disaster,” Emmerich told EW while walking the red carpet for the 2012 premiere Tuesday. “It is about the resettling of Earth. That is very, very fascinating. (2012 writer/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.”
Executive producer Mark Gordon (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice) is attached as a producer and is said to have already entered into talks with ABC to develop the disaster drama. Gordon wouldn’t confirm the story but did note that ABC “will have an opening in their disaster-related programming after Lost ends” (An ABC spokeswoman declined to comment):
“I think people would be interested in this topic on a weekly basis,” Gordon said, who also attended Tuesday’s premiere. “There’s hope for the world despite the magnitude of the 2012 disaster as seen in the film. After the movie, there are some people who survive and the question is how will these survivors build a new world and what will it look like. That might make an interesting TV series.”
2012 hits theaters November 13, 2009.