The Day After Tomorrow is a 2004 American climate science fiction disaster film</h4> Co-written, directed, and produced by Roland Emmerich and stars Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ian Holm, Emmy Rossum, and Sela Ward. The film depicts catastrophic climatic effects following the disruption of the North Atlantic Ocean circulation in a series of extreme weather events that usher in global cooling and lead to a new ice age.