J.J. Abrams has hired Academy Award winning scribe Dustin Lance Black to write the script for an epic scale disaster film called Earthquake. The movie is set up at Universal Pictures, but it's not a remake of their 1974 Charlton Heston Earthquake movie.
Black is known for writing film such as Milk and J.Edgar, so a big budget natural disaster film is definitely new territory for him. He's proved himself to be a solid screenwriter, so we might actually get a disaster movie that's actually good. The fact that Abrams is involved with the project also doesn't hurt.
This isn't the only earthquake-themed movie being made. New Line is also developing a 3D movie called San Andreas 3D. Universal has been trying to get this new Earthquake flick off the ground since 2008, but as you can see, it's just now gaining some momentum.
With all these earthquake movies coming out maybe it's as sign that "The Big One" is going to strike California soon. The one earthquake movie I really want to see is Brad Bird's San Francisco Earthquake movie 1906.
What do you think of Black and Abrams working together on this project?