More Roland Emmerich Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for The Day After Tomorrow)Roland Emmerich directed and executive-produced the historical epic The Patriot, starring Mel Gibson. He directed and executive-produced Godzilla and Independence Day, and co-wrote both films with producer Dean Devlin. Emmerich also directed and co-wrote 1994's science-fiction adventure Stargate with Devlin, the film's producer.
Emmerich's first American film was the 1992 action adventure hit Universal Soldier, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. He also produced Eight Legged Freaks and The Thirteenth Floor.
Emmerich began his career in his native Germany. As a youth, he pursued painting and sculpting and studied production design in film school in Munich. His student film The Noah's Ark Principle, which opened the 1984 Berlin Film Festival, became a success and was sold to more than 20 countries.
Emmerich subsequently formed his own production company, Centropolis Film Productions, and under its aegis produced Making Contact (a.k.a. Joey), which showcased the young filmmaker's vast knowledge of special effects; and Ghost Chase, a comedy he co-wrote with Oliver Eberle. Emmerich went on to direct the action-adventure Moon 44, which he co-wrote with Eberle and which starred Malcolm McDowell, Michael Pare, Lisa Eichhorn and Dean Devlin.
Bio courtesy Fox for "The Day After Tomorrow" (17-Jun-2004)
Biography #3Roland Emmerich recently directed and executive produced the TriStar release Godzilla, which he co-wrote with producer Dean Devlin. He directed the boxoffice phenomenon Independence Day, which he also executive produced and co-wrote with producer Devlin. Emmerich helmed 1994's epic science fiction adventure StarGate, which he also co-wrote with the film's producer, Devlin. Prior to that, he directed the 1992 action-adventure Universal Soldier, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme.
Emmerich began his career in his native Germany. As a youth, he pursued painting and sculpting while in the director's program at film school in Munich. His student film, The Noah's Ark Principle, went on to open the 1984 Berlin Film Festival. The feature became a huge success and was sold to more than 20 countries.
Emmerich subsequently formed his own production company, Centropolis Film Productions, and under its aegis, he produced his subsequent movies. His next film was Making Contact, (a.k.a. Joey) about a boy suffering from his father's death who finds a way to communicate with him via his toys. The movie showcased the young filmmaker's vast knowledge of special effects and his propensity to use them. His next film was Ghost Chase, a comedy he co-wrote with Oliver Eberle about two young film fanatics and their struggle for success in Hollywood. Emmerich also served as producer on Eye of the Storm, which starred Dennis Hopper. He went on to direct the futuristic action-adventure Moon 44, which he co-wrote with Eberle, starring Michael Pare, Malcolm McDowell, Lisa Eichhorn and Dean Devlin. Devlin would eventually become a partner in Centropolis as well as Emmerich's producer and co-writer.
After the stunning success of Independence Day, Emmerich, in conjunction with several longtime associates, launched his own company, Centropolis Entertainment, for which he acts as co-chairman. Emmerich is currently readying his next directorial project, an Untitled Summer 2000 release that takes place during the Revolutionary War, which will begin production in the fall.
Bio courtesy Columbia Pictures (01-Jan-2000)