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ABC has ordered a drama pilot from Independence Day and 2012 director Roland Emmerich, Variety reports.

The project, ABC's first drama pilot pick-up for the 2012-2013 TV season, takes place in New York during the presidential race of 2012. During this time, a young astrophysics student learns his destiny lies not in the field of science, but somewhere between heaven and hell.

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Emmerich wrote the script with 2012 screenwriter Harald Kloser and will direct the pilot.  He will executive-produce with Mark Gordon (Criminal Minds) and Nicholas Pepper.

Emmerich co-created the short-lived TV alien invasion series The Visitor, which ran for 13 episodes on Fox in 1997.