Well, “Stonewall” director Roland Emmerich hasn’t completely changed his stripes. The man behind the upcoming, intimate gay civil rights drama who also brought us “Independence Day” and “The Day After Tomorrow” and “White House Down” is turning to the small screen — on a new sci-fi series with co-executive producer Keanu Reeves.
“New Angeles” will be set in the future, based around a young man who escapes the mundane reality of his life by entering the titular virtual reality world. Once down the rabbit hole, he adopts a new identity, and unlocks a mystery with real world consequences.
So… “The Matrix”? In a sense. Emmerich will direct the pilot and remain involved in the series, to be distributed by Slingshot Global Media, as an executive producer. He’s currently in post on “Stonewall.” His company Centropolis and Reeves’ Company Films are on board to produce “New Angeles.”
NYT acclaimed author Gregg Hurwitz will pen the pilot, and executive produce along the way.