Last week Taken director Pierre Morel was in talks to direct a new alien invasion sci-fi film for Sam Raimi called EDF (Earth Defense Force). It's now being reported that he's officially attached to direct it. Morel was in talks with Universal at the same time for their Ouija board project, but apparently they passed on his film pitch.
The film is described as a giant alien invasion movie, and the story is set after three alien fighters attack the planet, leaving countries humiliated. The governments of Earth then race to create a space fighting force in preparation for a second attack by an approaching alien horde.
EDF sounds like a fun sci-fi film that we'll enjoy. Morel is a talented director who knows how to make a fun, suspenseful, action-packed movie, so this should end up being a pretty awesome film. I can't wait to see what Raimi and Morel have in store for us!
Here's another description of the EDF story:
The story opens on a U.S. military operation gone awry: Sent to rescue what they believe is a sub that's accidentally bumped into a mine in Chinese waters, U.S. naval aviators quickly wind up engaged in a dogfight with a squadron of Chinese air force pilots. Soon, planes on both sides are being shot out of the sky, but not by the Chinese or U.S. pilots -- by three alien attack fighters, which soon depart and destroy many of the world's landmarks and military installations, then vanish. It's a test of Earth's defensive capabilities, and we failed. Shortly after, NASA detects a radiation signature in a nearby galaxy, indicating a far more massive attack coming in about ten months, and world leaders set about trying to create super-aircraft and weapons that can fight off the coming invasion.