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      Roland Emmerich

      Roland Emmerich

      Highest Rated: 68% Independence Day (1996)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      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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      Roland Emmerich at arrivals for INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE Premiere, TCL Chinese 6 Theatres (formerly Grauman''s), Los Angeles, CA June 20, 2016. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection THE PATRIOT, producer Dean Devlin (front left), director Roland Emmerich (front right), on set, 2000. ©Columbia Pictures GODZILLA, director Roland Emmerich, on set, 1998. ©TriStar Pictures 10,000 BC, director Roland Emmerich, Steven Strait, on set, 2008. ©Warner Bros. 10,000 BC, director Roland Emmerich (far left), Steven Strait (second from right), on set, 2008. ©Warner Bros. 10,000 BC, camera operator Peter Taylor, director Roland Emmerich, on set, 2008. ©Warner Bros. 2012, director Roland Emmerich, on set, 2009. ©Sony Pictures 2012, director Roland Emmerich, on set, 2009. ©Sony Pictures THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW, Roland Emmerich, 2004, TM & Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE, director Roland Emmerich, 2016. ph: Claudette Barius/TM and Copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. EIGHT LEGGED FREAKS, Executive producer Roland Emmerich, producer Dean Devlin on the set, 2002 (c) Warner Brothers. . INDEPENDENCE DAY, producer Dean Devlin, director Roland Emmerich, on set, 1996. TM and Copyright (c)20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved EIGHT LEGGED FREAKS, Producer Dean Devlin, director Ellory Elkayem, executive producer Roland Emmerich, executive producer Peter Winther on the set, 2002 (c) Warner Brothers. . GODZILLA, director Roland Emmerich, producer and writer Dean Devlin, 1998. ©TriStar Pictures INDEPENDENCE DAY, director Roland Emmerich, on set, 1996. TM and Copyright (c)20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved The Real History of Science Fiction, Roland Emmerich, 04/19/2014, ©BBCAMERICA

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      47% 82% The Magic Flute Executive Producer,
      Producer
      $141.1K 2022
      35% 70% Moonfall Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $19.0M 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Moonfall: Trailer Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 2022
      54% 35% The Colony Executive Producer - 2021
      42% 92% Midway Director,
      Producer
      $56.8M 2019
      29% 30% Independence Day: Resurgence Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $103.1M 2016
      9% 84% Stonewall Director,
      Producer
      $186.4K 2015
      51% 62% White House Down Director $73.1M 2013
      47% 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
      33% 74% Trade Producer $214.2K 2007
      45% 50% The Day After Tomorrow Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      $186.7M 2004
      47% 33% Eight Legged Freaks Executive Producer $17.3M 2002
      62% 81% The Patriot Director,
      Executive Producer
      $113.3M 2000
      29% 64% The Thirteenth Floor Producer $11.8M 1999
      20% 28% Godzilla Director,
      Writer,
      Executive Producer
      $136.1M 1998
      68% 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
      34% 46% Universal Soldier Director $35.4M 1992
      0% 31% Moon 44 Director,
      Producer
      - 1990
      No Score Yet 26% Ghost Chase Director - 1988
      No Score Yet 21% Making Contact Director,
      Writer
      - 1985
      No Score Yet 7% The Noah's Ark Principle Director - 1984

      TV

      Credit
      83% 85% James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction Guest 2018
      No Score Yet 29% The Daily Show Guest 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Visitor Executive Producer 1997-1998