2012's follow-up TV show is dead in the water

Remember last year, when 2012 director Roland Emmerich said that he planned a follow-up TV show called 2013 that would pick up the story of the survivors of the apocalypse?

Well, forget about it.

MovieWeb reports that the project is as dead as the Earth at the end of the Mayan calendar:

Sadly, the scope of the project proved too big for the constraints of serialized television. At this moment in time, the show is being put on hold. Emmerich revealed that pre-production on the purposed 2013 had halted while chatting with us about the upcoming DVD and Blu-ray release of 2012, which is set to hit store shelves on March 2nd, 2010.

Here's what he had to say about the now defunct concept:

It has been reported that you plan on turning 2012 into a television series. Where does production on that stand at this point in time?

Roland Emmerich: We tried to do that. But the TV people soon realized what we really wanted to do with the concept. They said, "You cannot do this on television." So I said, "Let's not do it. It was just too big for TV. What we wanted to do."

So that TV show is dead in the water?

Roland Emmerich: It's not totally dead. Mark Gordon is still trying to come up with an idea on how to make it cheaper. I don't think it will happen. I had a certain vision. We realized what kind of compromises we were going to have to make. Because of that, I said, "No thank you."

We were always skeptical that this would work anyway, as much as we kinda liked Earth 2, which this sounded an awful lot like. (Not to mention that if the world really does end in 2012, it won't be on long enough to reach a satisfying conclusion.)

What do you think? Or would you prefer a follow-up movie?

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