Who knew that the laughable disaster movie The Day After Tomorrow would be one of the most influential blockbusters of the decade? Sure, this might not have been the case were it not for the success of An Inconvenient Truth, but nonetheless, we are about to see a bunch more eco-disaster pics. I already alerted you about Otherworld, which features demons that are unleashed against humanity because of global warming. Now, producers Dino and Martha De Laurentiis have announced their adaptation of Frank Schätzing's German novel The Swarm, which features aliens that are unleashed against humanity because of global warming. The De Laurentiises will partner with German producers Ica and Michael Souvignier and Till Grönemeyer, who have been linked to the project for awhile now.
Unlike most alien invasion movies, the aliens of The Swarm come from the bottom of the ocean. And unlike the underwater dwellers of The Abyss, these aliens are ticked off by pollution rather than nuclear weapons. Besides having to compete with the similar-sounding Otherworld, The Swarm will also have to follow in the footsteps of the badly titled eco-disaster movie from M. Night Shyamalan, The Happening, which features nature unleashed against humanity because of global warming. One thing The Swarm has going for it is Oscar-winning screenwriter Ted Tally (The Silence of the Lambs), who will hopefully keep the movie from being as silly as the rest. The latest report on the adaptation doesn't mention anything about Uma Thurman, who last year was said to have bought the rights to Schätzing's book with the Souvigniers.