midway trailer

At some point, Independence Day director Roland Emmerich must have watched Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor and thought, “I can do that.” And so he did! The result is Midway, which might as well be called Roland Emmerich’s Pearl Harbor Remake. The visual aesthetic of the film, right down to the digitally enhanced destruction and oversaturated lighting, looks nearly identical to Bay’s WWII flick. But hey, at least he did away with that love story stuff. Girls – yuck! Watch the Midway trailer below.

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moonfall

Roland Emmerich likes to destroy stuff – it’s kind of his thing. Cities, planets, Shakespeare’s career – he’s willing to blow it all up in the name of entertainment. Emmerich’s latest disaster-piece is going to give him a chance to kill two birds with one stone. Or rather, two celestial bodies with one very big stone. Emmerich’s Moonfall will follow a group of astronauts trying to prevent the Moon from crashing into Earth.

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Maya Lord movie

Roland Emmerich, the master of blowing shit up, is tackling a historical epic. Emmerich will helm Maya Lord, a project being compared to Dances With Wolves, Braveheart and The Patriot. So long, exploding buildings. Hello, period costumes!

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Director Roland Emmerich Will Craft Some ‘Dark Matter’

Roland Emmerich Interview

Earlier this year, I was the only person on the planet mentally unwell enough to defend Independence Day: Resurgence, one of the most critically reviled blockbuster in a year chock-full of movies that audiences of all stripes flat-out rejected. I suppose I just have a soft spot for director Roland Emmerich, whose filmmaking has evolved over the years from “glossy Irwin Allen riff” to “hilariously cruel, misanthropic insanity.” It came as no surprise that Emmerich’s next movie was supposed to be a science fiction thriller about the moon plummeting into the earth. That was the next logical step.

But Emmerich has other interests, too, like trying to prove that Shakespeare didn’t write his plays and making hideously awful movies about important events in LGBTQ history and, apparently, reading the work of author Blake Crouch, since he’s in currently looking to adapt his 2016 novel Dark Matter.

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Stargate Reboot

Audiences weren’t too keen to jump back into the world of Independence Day this past summer. Roland Emmerich‘s all-around underwhelming sequel failed to match half the success of its predecessor. The pricey sequel didn’t connect with audiences, meaning we probably won’t see Independence Day 3‘s intergalactic journey anytime soon. Another sequel we maybe shouldn’t expect from Stonewall director Roland Emmerich? The Stargate one he’s been planning a long time.

Below, learn more about why the Stargate reboot isn’t happening.

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Superhero Destruction

Back in 1996, the film Independence Day was an impressive piece of blockbuster spectacle. The amount of destruction on display done with outstanding visual effects for the time was a sight that demanded to be seen on the big screen. However, 20 years later, that destruction isn’t nearly as captivating in Independence Day: Resurgence, and it’s just one of the many problems the sequel has that keep it from measuring up to the original.

Perhaps the biggest problem is that all the destruction in Independence Day: Resurgence not only feels like a computer generated rehash of what we already saw done with more practical effects back in 1996, but it’s also been done countless other times in recent years in several of the Marvel movies and more recent DC Comics movies. Director Roland Emmerich has certainly taken notice, and he thinks the third acts are basically retreads of what he’s already done. Find out what Roland Emmerich had to say about superhero destruction after the jump. Read More »

Independence Day Resurgence Review

When Independence Day hit theaters in 1996, it brought the spectacle of global destruction, exciting action, some decent laughs, and an ensemble of memorable characters with nary a huge movie star in sight. Twenty years later, Independence Day: Resurgence attempts to deliver all that again. But despite a plot point out of left field that shifts the sequel away from a simple retread of the original and toward an absolute bonkers, universe-expanding set-up for a sequel, this follow-up falls flat and lacks any of the heart, charm, efficiency and exhilaration that makes the first one entertaining to this day.

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Moonfall

This weekend brings Independence Day: Resurgence to theaters 20 years after the original destroyed the world’s major cities, and while it leads right into the possibility of a third film to follow, that won’t be director Roland Emmerich‘s next movie. And the idea for this new project is just as ridiculous as you’d expect.

Universal Pictures has just thrown down seven figures for Moonfall, a sci-fi spec script that Emmerich wrote with Harald Kloser (writer, producer and composer for his disaster flick 2012) and Spencer Cohen (who wrote the developing Extinction for Good Universe and Mandeville). The plan is for Emmerich to direct the film and also produce with Kloser again. So what’s Moonfall about? Find out after the jump if you haven’t figured it out already. Read More »

Roland Emmerich Interview

This summer brings Independence Day: Resurgence, a full 20 years after the original Independence Day invaded theaters. So what took Roland Emmerich so long? In an interview, Emmerich admits he’d “never planned to make a sequel” before explaining why he changed his mind, and reveals one of the sequel ideas that got scrapped early on. And yes, he’s already thinking about Independence Day 3Read More »

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Independence Day Resurgence Trailer

With just over a month until the aliens come back to finish the job in Independence Day: Resurgence, a new extended trailer gives us our longest look at the blockbuster sequel yet. A bunch of new footage combined with what we’ve seen in the previous trailers gives us our best glimpse yet at the story, characters and pure destruction awaiting us this summer. However, I will say if you’re already on board with seeing this movie, don’t watch this trailer, because it shows a little too much.

If you’re still interested, watch the Independence Day Resurgence trailer after the jump. Read More »