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'2012' and 'Zombieland' Coming to FX

by Scott Harris, posted Nov 16th 2009 12:15PM
The world is about to end just the way you would expect -- televised on FX.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, FX has snagged the television rights to the budding blockbuster '2012', which follows the story of a group of average civilians trying to escape a world-ending disaster foretold by the ancient Mayan calendar. Directed by apocalypse auteur Roland Emmerich ('The Day After Tomorrow', 'Independence Day'), '2012' opened to an impressive $225 million worldwide over the weekend.The world is about to end just the way you would expect -- televised on FX.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, FX has snagged the television rights to the budding blockbuster '2012', which follows the story of a group of average civilians trying to escape a world-ending disaster foretold by the ancient Mayan calendar. Directed by apocalypse auteur Roland Emmerich ('The Day After Tomorrow', 'Independence Day'), '2012' opened to an impressive $225 million worldwide over the weekend.

In addtion, FX also announced that they had landed the rights to another of this year's box office hits, 'Zombieland', which previously opened at number one on the charts and has earned $73 domestically to date. The two films will be taking their time making it to the small screen, however, with 'Zombieland' set to debut at the end of next year and '2012' delayed, logically enough, until 2012.

The acquisitions are part of a broader strategy for FX of boosting their ratings with high-profile film debuts, a tactic that has been successful for the network in recent years. 'Zombieland' and '2012' are just the latest of this year's blockbusters to be added to the stable of FX properties; among other hit releases controlled by the network are fellow number one films 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen', 'Star Trek', 'Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian', 'Monsters vs. Aliens', 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine', 'The Proposal' and 'Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs'.

Whether or not the world will last long enough for those films to air, though, only the Mayans and Roland Emmerich know for sure.

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