May 30, 2014 | 6:48 a.m.
Roland Emmerich is ready to revisit one of his chief successes. The popcorn filmmaker is partnering with longtime collaborator Dean Devlin to launch a new trilogy of films that will reimagine 1994’s “Stargate,” the Kurt Russell/James Spader vehicle that spawned three spinoff TV series, as well as comics, video games and even a cartoon. Emmerich, who directed and co-wrote the original film with Devlin, is confirmed to direct, while Devlin is set to produce the new movies for MGM and Warner Bros., the studios announced Thursday. The project is one that Emmerich had expressed interest in pursuing last year. At an appearance at the 2013 Hero Complex Film Festival, the filmmaker said, “It doesn’t go to me unnoticed that most movies are sequels, the successful ones are all sequels or superhero movies. [‘Stargate’ is] such a beloved film and you […]
Sept. 06, 2013 | 4:06 p.m.
“Stargate” may be getting a reboot. Director Roland Emmerich, who co-created “Stargate” with Dean Devlin, says he wants to remake “Stargate” as a film trilogy. “We went to MGM, who has the rights, and proposed to them to do a sequel, but as a reboot … and reboot it as a movie and then do three parts,” Emmerich told Digital Spy. “Pretty soon we’ll have to look for a writer and start.” But don’t expect James Spader, recently cast in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and Kurt Russell to reprise their roles from the 1994 sci-fi flick. “The actors look totally different,” Emmerich told Digital Spy. “It would not work.” The film, which Emmerich co-wrote with longtime collaborator Dean Devlin, spawned three spinoff TV series, as well as comics, video games and even a cartoon. “Stargate Universe,” the most recent TV […]
June 25, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.
Roland Emmerich’s face wore an easy expression of carefree calm as he strolled onto the patio of his Hollywood Hills home. The German director had just come from a morning screening of his new action movie “White House Down,” which blasts into theaters Friday. He’d been carefully listening to the final mix of the thundering soundtrack — a symphony of explosions, gunfire and shattering glass — and for the most part, he was happy, though a few remaining imperfections nagged at the corners of his smile. “Everybody who makes movies, they say you can never, ever finish a movie, you can only abandon it, no matter how much time you have,” Emmerich said. When Leonardo da Vinci stated, “Art is never finished, only abandoned,” he wasn’t necessarily referring to big-budget summer popcorn movies, and even the kindest critics might be […]
May 28, 2013 | 6:53 p.m.
Even though director Roland Emmerich is just putting the finishing touches on his upcoming summer actioner “White House Down,” starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx, he’s already looking to the future beyond the movie’s June 28 release. He next plans to revisit his 1996 blockbuster “Independence Day” with at least one sequel, possibly a series of movies, and while fans of the alien invasion adventure should expect to see new, thrilling special effects, the director also is hoping to recapture the same entertaining tone and the same approach to character he displayed in the original movie. During his recent appearance at the fourth annual Hero Complex Film Festival, Emmerich, along with “Independence Day” producer Dean Devlin, star Jeff Goldblum and visual effects wizard Volker Engel, talked about taking a cue from classic disaster movies in locating the movie’s rhythm and […]
May 26, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.
“Independence Day’s” co-writers — director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin – are ready to make at least one sequel to the 1996 alien invasion blockbuster, and maybe more. But at an appearance at the fourth annual Hero Complex Film Festival, the longtime collaborators, along with the film’s star Jeff Goldblum and the movie’s visual effects wizard Volker Engel, talked not only about the future of the franchise, but also took time to reflect on their favorite memories of making the original film. Emmerich chuckled while recalling the meeting he had with an irate Robert Loggia, who played the film’s Gen. William Grey. The actor had become furious over the fact that he was appearing in a spoof and no one had told him; he wasn’t, of course. A simple miscommunication was responsible for the confusion. Devlin remembered the first […]
May 21, 2013 | 1:03 p.m.
Fans who’ve waited years for a follow-up to the sci-fi blockbuster “Independence Day” might soon be treated not just to one sequel to the memorable hit film, but to an entire franchise based on the alien invasion thriller. The film’s co-writers — director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin – told the Hero Complex Film Festival audience at a matinee screening of the 1996 blockbuster that they have ideas for a sequel (and maybe more). “What we talked a lot about, the mythology of why did the aliens come in the first place, what is the bigger story of this whole thing?” said Emmerich, seated beside Devlin, “Independence Day” star Jeff Goldblum and the movie’s effects wizard Volker Engel. “When you get a bigger mythology going, you have the chance to not only do one or two or three, you […]
May 12, 2013 | 8:35 p.m.
Earth’s victory over alien invaders in “Independence Day” may have been but the first battle in a war. The film’s co-writers — director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin – told the Hero Complex Film Festival audience at a matinee screening of the 1996 blockbuster Sunday that they have ideas for a sequel (and maybe more) but, as Devlin put it, “things have to align … the planets have to get together.” And planets getting together is a thrilling prospect for fans of these spectacle specialists. Emmerich said he and Devlin have discussed why the aliens came in the first place, what the bigger story is. The director called the aliens a “swarm intelligence, and we are individual intelligence – and even if we kill each other … we have something very special, we have this indomitable human spirit.” So, […]