ROLAND EMMERICH Biography - Theater, Opera and Movie personalities


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Name: Roland Emmerich.                                                                   
Born: 10 November 1955 Stuttgart, Baden-W├╝rttemberg, Germany                             
Roland Emmerich (born November 10, 1955) is a German film director, screenwriter,         
and producer.                                                                             
Emmerich was born in Stuttgart, Baden-W├╝rttemberg, Germany. He attended the             
University of Television and Film Munich from 1977 to 1981 and his student film,         
The Noah's Ark Principle, went on to open the 1984 Berlin Film Festival. In 1985,         
he founded Centropolis Film Productions (now Centropolis Entertainment) in               
partnership with his sister, producer Ute Emmerich.                                       
Hoping to tap into the American market, Emmerich began directing English-language         
supernatural fantasy features in his native Germany. Eventually, his science-fiction     
film Moon 44, went straight to video in the United States and featured Dean               
Devlin. Having caught the attention of producer Mario Kassar, Emmerich was               
invited to America. Devlin would subsequently become Emmerich's writing and               
producing partner once Emmerich settled in Hollywood.                                     
Emmerich was hired to replace director Andrew Davis for the action movie                 
Universal Soldier. The film was followed by two made-for-television movies and a         
theatrical sequel. Emmerich next helmed the science-fiction film Stargate, an             
unexpected success that spawned a highly popular media franchise.                         
Emmerich then directed Independence Day, an alien invasion feature that became           
the first film to gross $100 million in less than a week and went on to become           
one of the most successful films of all time. His next film, the much-hyped               
Godzilla, did not meet its anticipated box office success and was a critical             
After a change of pace directing the American Revolutionary War film The Patriot,         
Emmerich returned once again to directing a visual effects-laden adventure with           
2004's The Day After Tomorrow. Soon afterwards, he founded Reelmachine, another           
film production company based in Germany.                                                 
Emmerich's most recent effort is 10,000 BC, a film about the journeys of a               
prehistoric tribe set to be released on March 7, 2008. He is slated to                   
direct both 2012, an apocalyptic film inspired by the theory that the Mayans             
prophecized the world ending in 2012, and a remake of the 1966 science-fiction           
film Fantastic Voyage.