Preview by: Jack Foley
AS THE year comes to a close, thoughts inevitably turn to next
year, and which films will be among the years blockbusters.
And with no Matrix,
or Lord of the Rings to
look forward to, audiences may have to find themselves looking
to new projects, for a change, to satisfy their appetite for big
Aside from Troy, Spider-Man
2 and Shrek 2 (which are obvious
highlights), Twentieth Century Fox will be vying for prominence
with their big event movie, The Day After Tomorrow, which will
take its bow, world-wide, on May 28, 2004.
The film is being billed as a special-effects packed motion picture
from Independence Day director, Roland Emmerich, in which the
enemy is the force of nature itself.
The film is set at a time when an abrupt climate change has cataclysmic
consequences for the entire planet.
Climatologist, Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid), predicted the coming
of another ice age, but never expected it to happen during his
A sudden and violent shift in global weather causes extreme elements
to wreak havoc in every corner of the earth; floods, hail, tornados
and temperatures of a magnitude never seen before threaten the
Jack has to quickly convince the President of the United States
to evacuate the country in order to save millions that are in
danger, including his son Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal). But when Sam
becomes marooned in a sub-zero New York City, Jack must make a
perilous trek against the clock to save his son.
Hence, audiences are promised such spectacular highlights as
a wave crashing through New York City, and, according to one report,
an opening scene featuring a gigantic piece of Antarctic ice breaking
off, causing a group of scientists to jump over crevasses.
In announcing the release date for the movie, Stephen Moore,
President of Twentieth Century Fox International, commented: "We
are thrilled to be working again with Roland Emmerich, whose film,
Independence Day, delivered a phenomenal $510 million at the international
"The Day After Tomorrows day-and-date debut continues
a successful trend for Fox, most recently evidenced by our day-and-date
release for X-Men 2, which netted
a massive $404.7 million world-wide this past Summer.
"Tomorrow promises to be the ultimate movie event spectacle
of the Summer 2004: its cutting-edge special effects and compelling
story will appeal to all audiences around the world."
Mark Gordon, who produced the film along with Emmerich, added:
"Roland and I are very excited to be working with Twentieth
Century Fox on the release of The Day After Tomorrow.
"It is less a cautionary tale about an abrupt change in
the worlds climate than a what if? kind of scenario;
but, at the heart of it, is an emotional story about characters
people will care about."
Emmerich himself commented: "As The Day After Tomorrow is
a movie about a global climate shift, it seems only fitting that
we would have a global release. We are very proud of this film
and are delighted to be given the opportunity to release it day-and-date