roland emmerich stonewall

Roland Emmerich tends to be associated with big, explosive blockbusters, and he’s currently plotting a return to his biggest, most explosive blockbuster of all with two Independence Day sequels. Before he does that, however, he’s going to take a detour into something completely different.

The director’s next feature will be Stonewall, a relatively small drama about the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City. And he’s just found his lead — Jeremy Irvine, star of War Horse and Great Expectations. More details on the project after the jump.

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2012 movie problems

Roland Emmerich‘s 2012 as the newest addition to CinemaSin’s popular series of videos dissecting and mocking the flaws, improbabilities and just out-right stupidness of big Hollywood blockbusters. CinemaSins is infamous for editing down  the sins to an easily digestible 6 minute videos, but 2012 required a much longer video — running almost 20 minutes and featuring a whopping 213 sins. Watch the 2012 movie problems video now embedded after the jump.
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Independence Day

Briefly: With or without Will Smith, a sequel to Independence Day is happening. For obvious reasons, director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin were hoping the mega-star would choose to return to the franchise that helped launch his career. Smith originally said he wouldn’t be in the film, then backed off that statement. Fox hired James Vanderbilt to write two independent scripts - one with Smith’s character and the other without.

Deadline now reports Smith has “pretty much decided” he’s not going to do the movie. Never say never but, the smart money is the version of the film without the character (perhaps focused on his son?) will forward.

Independence Day 2 will blow up theaters July 1, 2016.

Independence Day

Given the choice between making a movie with Will Smith and making one without him, a major studio will almost always choose Smith. That’s especially the case for a film with a major budget, and if the film in question is one which is a sequel to another Smith film, then it really isn’t even a question any longer.

But what if Smith is unwilling to commit?

Roland Emmerich has been developing a couple of Independence Day sequels, possibly called ID Forever parts I and II, for a little while now, but the real go-ahead point will come when Smith definitively commits, or turns town the project. To be ready for that moment, there are actually two written scripts right now — one has a role for Smith, the other does not. Which one will be shot? Read More »

Michael B Jordan

Will Smith was a star before he appeared in Independence Day, but the 1996 film vaulted him into the stratosphere. The same could happen for Michael B. Jordan, star of Friday Night Lights, The Wire and Fruitvale Station. Jordan (who may also be up for Star Wars Episode VII) is said to be eyed for a “major role” in Roland Emmerich‘s Independence Day sequel, ID Forever Part I. No offer has been made but the actor has reportedly met with the director, the director liked him. As do execs at 20th Century Fox, who might also still be considering him for Fantastic Four. Read More »

Firefly

Joss Whedon‘s Serenity finally gets a sequel, but it’s not a movie. Also after the jump:

  • Atlas Shrugged: Part III turns to Kickstarter
  • Independence Day might not become a trilogy
  • Top Gun 2 is still happening, says Jerry Bruckheimer
  • Goon 2 could shoot next year, with some luck
  • Weep over this sad moment from Fast & Furious 7
  • Meanwhile, Vin Diesel has a video message for fans

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Stargate

Roland Emmerich was in a scoop-giving mood recently when talking to the UK site The Digital Spy. First up, he revealed while Will Smith was not originally going to come back for the upcoming sequel to Independence Day, the actor might have changed his mind. He then admitted that film could potentially get pushed back to 2016 (despite having a 2015 release date) and finally, he dropped a bomb for Stargate fans.

Apparently Emmerich has approached MGM, which owns the rights to the film, about rebooting the franchise with a whole new trilogy. He will go out to writers soon with the story pitch. Read More »

Independence Day

While Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman are all set to return for the Independence Day sequel, director Roland Emmerich told press earlier this summer that Will Smith likely wouldn’t come back, because he was just too expensive and too famous. But that was before After Earth proved a critically reviled flop, and now it seems Smith may be a little more open to the idea of a return.

In a recent interview, Emmerich revealed that he has a meeting set up with Smith to discuss the project. “Anything can happen,” he said of Smith’s status regarding the project. Hit the jump to read the rest of his comment, and to get a possible update on the release date.

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