Watching the trailer for 2012 I couldn't help but get the feeling that Roland Emmerich was trying to tell me something. There was a lot of camera shaking and screaming and really big objects rolling over, but I think it was seeing the entire state of California lift into the air like the climax of Titanic before sinking into the depths of the Pacific ocean: Roland Emmerich hates civilization. Sure, 2012 is bound to be full of roaring musical cues that signal the triumphant survival of a tiny, tiny percentage of people on Earth, but I think it's pretty clear that his movie is going to literally rip our world apart at the seams.
But apparently that's not all that big of a deal, because Emmerich has revealed to Entertainment Weekly that a sequel to 2012 is already being plotted. Yes, a sequel to the end of the world; kind of redefines the whole 'end' part of his film's synopsis. Tentatively titled 2013, he tells EW that the follow up to his story won't be a film, but rather a television show:
"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."
So, uh, spoiler alert: not everyone dies in the apocalypse. Way to blow that call, Mayans. I've totally lost faith in your wildly misinterpreted predictions.
There's no network set yet, but Mark Gordon is a producer on ABC's "Private Practice" and "Grey's Anatomy," so one would assume that's where they'll pitch the show. And with the mild success of newbie sci-fi shows "FlashForward" and the massive success of the pilot episode of "V", it's quite possible that ABC will hedge their ratings bet with yet another sci-fi show (albeit one without much science).
Oh, and if you're looking for a spared piece of land, Mr. Emmerich, I believe Saudi Arabia has a spot that escaped your apocalypse.