Roland Emmerich

Roland Emmerich

Highest Rated: 67% Independence Day (1996)

Lowest Rated: 0% Moon 44 (1990)

Birthday: Nov 10, 1955

Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany

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.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
41% 92% Midway Director,
Producer
$56.8M 2019
30% 30% Independence Day: Resurgence Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
$103.1M 2016
9% 84% Stonewall Director,
Producer
$186.4K 2015
52% 62% White House Down Director $73.1M 2013
45% 53% Anonymous Director,
Producer
$4.5M 2011
39% 47% 2012 Director,
Screenwriter,
Executive Producer
$166.1M 2009
9% 37% 10,000 B.C. Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
$94.8M 2008
34% 74% Trade Producer $214.2K 2007
45% 50% The Day After Tomorrow Director,
Writer,
Producer
$186.7M 2004
48% 32% Eight Legged Freaks Executive Producer $17.3M 2002
62% 81% The Patriot Director,
Executive Producer
$113.3M 2000
30% 64% The Thirteenth Floor Producer $11.8M 1999
15% 28% Godzilla Director,
Writer,
Executive Producer
$136.1M 1998
67% 75% Independence Day Director,
Writer,
Executive Producer
$306.2M 1996
53% 73% Stargate Director,
Writer
$70.9M 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet The High Crusade Producer - 1994
35% 46% Universal Soldier Director $35.4M 1992
0% 31% Moon 44 Director - 1990
No Score Yet 26% Ghost Chase Director - 1988
No Score Yet 22% Making Contact Director,
Writer
- 1985
No Score Yet 7% The Noah's Ark Principle Director - 1984

TV

Credit
83% 83% James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition Guest 2016
No Score Yet 20% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Visitor Executive Producer 1997-1998

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