Director Roland Emmerich is one of the men responsible for the birth of Stargate back in 1994, and he’s never strayed far from the science fiction and fantasy genre — directing and/or producing such blockbusters as Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, and 2012 (which he also co-wrote). Now he’s taking his film cred to the small screen.
Emmerich is executive producing the untitled project as a pilot for ABC, which has had success in the fantasy realm with this season’s new hit Once Upon A Time. Emmerich’s series looks to have some heavy supernatural elements, following a young astrophysics student named Carter Henderson, who is called upon to fight the forces of darkness and learns that “his destiny lies not in science but somewhere between heaven and hell.”
The pilot is set in New York City against the backdrop of the 2012 U.S. presidential election. Actor Max Thierot (Jumper) will play the lead role. Veteran actor Martin Landau (Space: 1999) was recently cast as Mr. Armin, described as a blind, German World War II soldier who is the executor of Carter’s father’s estate and his only true friend, according to ScienceFiction.com.
Emmerich has written the pilot with Harald Kloser and will direct it, as well.
Read more at Variety.com. If the show moves forward to series, we’ll be sure to report it here!