Roland Emmerich

In Hollywood, you can never own too much intellectual property. Producers option novels and magazine articles before they’re even published in hopes of landing the next lucrative franchise. This is also why, when a screenwriter has a solid original idea with potential, everyone goes crazy. They don’t want to be the company who passed on the next big thing.

The latest sci-fi franchise pitch going around Hollywood is Emergence, a large-scale alien invasion film written by Nic Kelman, and it was just purchased by a team with lots of experience in the genre. Centropolis Entertainment now owns the film and Roland Emmerich is attached to direct. Read More »

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Fans have waited over 15 years for concrete news about a sequel to the 1996 hit film Independence Day. A few months ago, we got some. Co-writers Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin confirmed that, yes, they have begun working on the sequels. Tentatively called ID Forever Parts One and Two, the rumor was that the films would take place in present day — about 20 years after the events of the first film — and center on the alien retaliation to human victory. Read more specifics here.

The pair were on hand at the Los Angeles Times Hero Complex Film Festival in Hollywood, CA Sunday for a special screening of Independence Day. There they spoke a bit more about the sequels. No major updates, unfortunately, but Emmerich did say they’re attempting to create a mythology that would allow not just one or two movies, but a whole series.

Oh and Jeff Goldblum, who was also in attendance, is welcome to return. Read their quotes below.
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White House Down Tatum Foxx

The first trailer for White House Down was exactly that: down. It had a very somber feel, almost like the movie was a drama with action elements. Now a second trailer for this summer’s Roland Emmerich blockbuster has been released and it goes for the opposite feel. There’s huge action, great character interaction, and, of course, the destruction of several Washington DC landmarks. This is the White House Down we all want.

In the film, Channing Tatum stars as John Cale, a would-be Secret Service agent who loses his daughter (Joey King) and must protect the President (Jamie Foxx) when terrorists take over the White House. You can read all about the epic production in my set visit here, or just click below and see the kick-ass new trailer. Read More »

Lawrence of Arabia

Even at over three and a half hours long, David Lean’s masterpiece Lawrence of Arabia only scratches the surface of who T.E. Lawrence actually was. To tell that full story you’d probably need a much longer time. Maybe a miniseries. And someone who knows how do make epic films. There are many of those, but the one interested in the task is Roland Emmerich.

And so the director of Universal Soldier, Stargate, Independence Day and this summer’s White House Down is currently developing a mini-series based on the life of Lawrence, with the help of biographer Michael Korda and screenwriter Rod Lurie (2011′s Straw Dogs). No network yet owns the rights.

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White House Down Roland Emmerich

Everyone thought Roland Emmerich‘s next movie was going to be Singularity. But there we were, last year, on the Montreal set of White House Down, where even Emmerich himself is surprised. What happened? It’s a simple story of Hollywood going a little old school. A studio buys what they feel is a great script, and executives bend over backwards to get a huge star and director on board so audiences can see the movie as soon as possible.

On the set of White House Down, which opens June 28, the director who is well-known for destroying the White House in Independence Day talked about doing that again. He discussed how this film will look very different from his previous films, how his star Channing Tatum is doing his own stunts, the exhaustive research into showing audiences places in the White House we never get to see, and much more.

Click here for our full visit to the set, here for our interview with Tatum, and below for Emmerich. Read More »

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Channing Tatum doesn’t act like he’s famous. Even on the set of his upcoming movie, White House Down, the star of G.I. Joe, Magic Mike, Step Up and 21 Jump Street is humble, down to Earth and honest about his career. We spoke to the actor in Montreal last September. He said, after he next few movies, he wasn’t going to make another movie until he could direct himself, though a list of great directors could change his mind. He said he was so impressed with director Roland Emmerich that he’ll make movies with him forever.

Tatum also talked about Magic Mike 2, working with Steven Soderbergh and doing his own stunts – all of his own stunts. Tatum also discussed how growing up watching Eighties action films influenced his desire to make this movie, which opens June 28, and what it was about the script that really sold him.

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White House Down Tatum Foxx

That dirty wifebeater Channing Tatum is wearing is no coincidence. “I’ve always wanted to do a Die Hard” admitted the actor and in his upcoming action film White House Down, he’s getting that chance. Director Roland Emmerich will once again reign havoc on the White House, this time with the help of John Cale (Tatum), a Secret Service agent who is separated from his daughter when the White House is invaded by a group of mercenaries. It’s an action film in the vein not only of that classic 1988 Bruce Willis movie but The Rock, Air Force One and Emmerich’s own film, Independence Day.

Oddly enough, for a film that takes place largely in Washington D.C. and the World’s most famous residence, filming almost exclusively took place in Montreal, Quebec Canada. In fact, save for a few second unit plates in D.C. and one park scene, all of White House Down will be filmed on stages in Montreal including a place called Mel’s Cite du Cinema. Which is where we were on day 33 of an 82 day shoot, watching Tatum fight on the roof of the White House, destroy a Black Hawk helicopter with a high-tech missile launcher and eventually get thrown over the edge through a huge piece of glass.

It’s September 19, 2012, just six months after James Vanderbilt’s script was purchased by Sony and nine months until the film’s release June 28. Yes, it’s an inhumanly quick turnaround for a major summer blockbuster, but that’s the way Emmerich and his crew like it. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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Los Angeles film fans, April and May is a great time to live in the City of Angels. One of the many reasons is the return of the Hero Complex Film Festival, which takes place from May 10-12 at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood. In previous years, stars such as Malcolm McDowell, Warren Beatty, Christopher Nolan and Ridley Scott have been part of the festival. The 2013 lineup has just been announced, and it includes the following:

  • John Carpenter screens and discusses They Live and Halloween.
  • Frank Darabont presents The Mist.
  • Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone with Guillermo del Toro.
  • Roland Emmerich screens Independence Day.
  • Chris Carter presents an X-Files marathon.

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