NASA Bombs The Moon, So Here’s An ‘Earth Vs. Moon’ Update

Today, NASA bombed the moon. It’s a little more complicated than I’m making it out to be, but that really is the gist of it. The “bombings” are part of the LCROSS mission, short for Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite. The mission is meant to determine whether or not there’s any water to be found on or beneath the surface of Earth’s only natural satellite. LCROSS impacted on the surface of the moon, sending debris skyward. A second satellite followed, collecting and analyzing the debris while traveling along its own downward trajectory to the moon’s surface.

I say that you shouldn’t believe the hype. There’s another reason for the “bombing,” a darker reason. “Zombieland” writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick know what’s really up. After all… it was their idea.

The writing duo may be busy with Marvel’s “Venom,” but they’ve also been working on a wholly original project titled “Earth Vs. Moon.” MTV’s Eric Ditzian got to chat with the writers last week, and they were more than happy to share the details of their plans for an intra-orbital civil war.

“It’s set about 400 years in the future. It’s this epic, grand war movie between a colony
on the moon and [the planet] Earth. It’s definitely different in tone from ’Zombieland.’ There’s comic relief, but it’s a much more serious movie with larger statements about humanity and society and things. It’s also full of just a ton of cool, inventive sci-fi stuff,” Reese said.

Wernick’s description is far less detailed. Asked if it’s going to be the sort of event blockbuster that’s prime for summer play, he stated simply: “It’s a monster.”

Really though, how much is there to figure out? “Earth Vs. Moon” pretty much say it all, doesn’t it? That’s certainly what the writers think. “[The movie] is something that we think… could strike because the concept is very clean and it’s also contained in the title,” Reese said, laughing. “It’s not hard to figure out what that movie’s about. So we think it’s very gettable and we think that sci-fi audiences will eat it up.”

They were even happy to elaborate on their hoped-for star — Will Smith — and what his role would be. “[Smith] is the father of this fractured family that has, by virtue of circumstance, ended up [having] half of them on the moon and half of them on Earth,” Reese said. “So when the war breaks out, they’re on opposite sides.”

As for when we might see this glorious conflict come to fruition, it sounds like a wait is coming. Reese and Wernick are only just starting work on the script’s second draft, and there’s still a whole cast and crew to be hired. So when might we see it? “Summer of 2000-dash-dash,” Wernick said.

“It’s really hard to tell,” Reese added. “It’ll be awhile, but we hope that when it finally does arrive, it’ll be worth the wait.”

What do you think of seeing a movie called “Earth Vs. Moon”? Is Will Smith the right man for mending the broken bonds between the two worlds? And seriously, is LCROSS just a precursor to the REAL Earth/moon war that is currently looming?