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Roland Emmerich Directing $5 Million Alien Invasion Thriller

Expected: Disaster movie auteur Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, 2012) is directing a movie about aliens invading Earth. Unexpected: He's doing it in secret, with a budget of only $5 million. Heat Vision says the project is called The Zone, and it'll be a found footage sci-fi film starring unknowns in the vein of Cloverfield. Hopefully, Emmerich's got a lucrative piece of the back-end -- those expensively stuffed zebras aren't going to buy themselves. [Heat Vision/THR]