Roland Emmerich

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Though he was raised on a steady diet of independent-minded German filmmakers like Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Wim Wenders, director Roland Emmerich aspired early in his career to make blockbuster Hollywood movies ... Read more »
Born: 11/10/1955 in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, DE

Filmography

Producer (19)

Independence Day Resurgence 2016 (Movie)

(Producer)

Stonewall 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Anonymous 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hell 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

2012 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

10,000 B.C. 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Krabat 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Trade 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Day After Tomorrow 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Eight Legged Freaks 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Godzilla: The Series 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Patriot 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Thirteenth Floor 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Godzilla 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Visitor 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Independence Day 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The High Crusade 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Eye of the Storm 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Moon 44 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (17)

Independence Day Resurgence 2016 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Independence Day Resurgence 2016 (Movie)

(Story By)

Independence Day Resurgence 2016 (Movie)

(from characters) (Source Material)

2012 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

10,000 B.C. 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Stargate SG-1 2003 - 2004, 2007 (Tv Show)

Source Material

The Day After Tomorrow 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Day After Tomorrow 2004 (Movie)

(Story By)

Godzilla 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Godzilla 1998 (Movie)

(From Story)

Independence Day 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Stargate 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Moon 44 1990 (Movie)

(From Story)

Das Arche Noah Prinzip 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ghost Chase 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ghost Chase 1988 (Movie)

(From Story)

Joey 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (16)

Independence Day Resurgence 2016 (Movie)

(Director)

Stonewall 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

White House Down 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Anonymous 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

2012 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

10,000 B.C. 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

The Day After Tomorrow 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

The Patriot 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Godzilla 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Independence Day 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Stargate 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Universal Soldier 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Moon 44 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Das Arche Noah Prinzip 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Ghost Chase 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Joey 1984 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (3)

The Daily Show 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

History or Hollywood? The Patriot 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Though he was raised on a steady diet of independent-minded German filmmakers like Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Wim Wenders, director Roland Emmerich aspired early in his career to make blockbuster Hollywood movies. After making a name for himself by helming "The Noah's Ark Principle" (1981), the most expensive student film ever made in Germany, Emmerich crossed the Atlantic Ocean to make mainstream studio films. His first, "Universal Soldier" (1992), was an unexpected hit, which paved the way for him to direct his pet project, "Stargate" (1994). Along with writing and producing partner, Dean Devlin, Emmerich established himself as a resourceful sci-fi specialist who earned a reputation for meticulous preparation and remarkable cost-efficiency. Emmerich launched himself to the top of the Hollywood food chain with "Independence Day" (1996), a big, loud, sci-fi film that was long on computer-generated special effects but short on narrative and character development. Despite the campy, clichéd storyline and action sequences, the film made a name for the director. He went on to direct several big budget mega-disaster flicks like "Godzilla" (1998), "The Day After Tomorrow" (2004) and "10,000 B.C." (2008), all of which were panned by critics, lambasted by experts for lack of authenticity and gobbled up by audiences clamoring to see the destruction of the world through variously wild scenarios. By the time he directed "2012" (2009), Emmerich was by far one of the few directors capable of consistently making critically-derided movies that nonetheless made enormous amounts of money.

Relationships

Hans Emmerich

Father
Owner of the company, Solo funded son's first feature, "The Noah's Ark Principle" (1981)

Ute Emmerich

Sister
Co-founded with brother Centropolis Film Productions (now Centropolis Entertainment) co-produced many of her brother's films beginning with "Joey" (1985)

EDUCATION

University of Television and Film Munich

1977 - 1981
Made his student film, "The Noah's Ark Principle" that went on to open the 1984 Berlin Film Festival

Milestones

2015

Directed and produced "Stonewall," a drama about the riot that began at a gay bar in New York City in 1969, credited with starting the gay rights movement

2013

Directed action thriller "White House Down"

2011

Directed Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave and David Thewlis in the drama "Anonymous"

2009

Directed the disaster film "2012," about the idea of a global doomsday event; also co-wrote the script

2008

Helmed the big-budget, prehistoric era drama "10,000 BC"

2007

Produced "Trade," a film based on a The New York Times Magazine article about sex slaves entitled "The Girls Next Door"

2004

Returned to directing with the big-budget, visual effects-laden "The Day After Tomorrow"

2002

Executive produced the horror/comedy "Eight Legged Freaks"

2001

Dissolved his company Centropolis after not renewing with Sony Pictures Entertainment

2000

Helmed (also executive produced) the American Revolutionary War drama "The Patriot"

1998

Signed (with Devlin) a multi-year deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment for productions from Centropolis

1998

Co-scripted (with Devlin) and directed the big screen remake of "Godzilla"

1997

Scripted and executive produced (with Devlin) the short-lived Fox drama "The Visitor"

1996

Helmed (co-wrote and co-produced) the sci-fi blockbuster "Independence Day"; became the first film to gross $100 million in less than a week and went on to become one of the most successful films of all time

1994

Made commercial breakthrough feature, "Stargate"; co-wrote with Devlin

1992

Made U.S. film debut, "Universal Soldier"; replaced Andrew Davis who left the project deep into pre-production

1991

Executive produced the German feature "Eye of the Storm"

1989

Met future writing/producing collaborator Dean Devlin (then an actor) on his West German sci-fi film "Moon 44"

1985

Helmed (also wrote) the West German feature "Joey"

1984

Formed Centropolis Film Productions (now Centropolis Entertainment) with his sister, producer Ute Emmerich

1981

While attending film school, wrote and directed "The Noah's Ark Principle"; film opened the 1984 Berlin Film Festival

Bonus Trivia

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Emmerich was awarded the Officer's Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in January 1999.

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On all the CGI (computer-generated image) shots for "Godzilla": "There was one stretch where I shot a solid month of nights without actors. We spent four days on a chase scene that will ultimately be less than four minutes on-screen, where a monster chases a car. I was following my storyboards, and it was as boring and technical as you can get. This may be the future of filmmaking, but it left me depressed and bored." – Emmerich in GQ magazine, June 1998

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Emmerich's film "Stonewall" was roundly criticized for purportedly "whitewashing" the role of African-American drag queens in the 1969 riots that began the modern gay rights movement, among other historical inaccuracies.

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Emmerich on the post-production process: "You keep redirecting the movie. Shooting the movie is easy because it's concrete and you can grasp it. In post, you're choosing stuff that's so unfinished that by the time it is finished, you almost want to re-do it." – from Empire magazine, August 1998

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