Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
'Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens' Trailer Hits Theaters This Friday 'Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens' Trailer Hits Theaters This Friday Christian Bale Admits He Was Initially "Jealous" When Ben Affleck Was Cast As Batman Christian Bale Admits He Was Initially "Jealous" When Ben Affleck Was Cast As Batman Watch: First Trailer For Thomas Vinterberg's 'Far From The Madding Crowd' Starring Carey Mulligan Watch: First Trailer For Thomas Vinterberg's 'Far From The Madding Crowd' Starring Carey Mulligan Watch: Zac Efron Talks About His Masturbation Techniques In 'The Interview' Segment With James Franco Watch: Zac Efron Talks About His Masturbation Techniques In 'The Interview' Segment With James Franco First Look Images: Patrick Stewart As A Neo-Nazi In 'Blue Ruin' Director Jeremy Saulnier's 'Green Room' & More First Look Images: Patrick Stewart As A Neo-Nazi In 'Blue Ruin' Director Jeremy Saulnier's 'Green Room' & More Watch: Footage From "Sick," Unreleased Marilyn Manson Video, Directed By Eli Roth & Featuring Lana Del Rey Watch: Footage From "Sick," Unreleased Marilyn Manson Video, Directed By Eli Roth & Featuring Lana Del Rey R.I.P. Mike Nichols (1931-2014) R.I.P. Mike Nichols (1931-2014) Christopher Nolan Talks 'Interstellar' Twist And Enigmatic Ending Christopher Nolan Talks 'Interstellar' Twist And Enigmatic Ending Watch: Al Pacino Plays An Aging Rocker Transformed By John Lennon In First Trailer For ‘Danny Collins’ Watch: Al Pacino Plays An Aging Rocker Transformed By John Lennon In First Trailer For ‘Danny Collins’ Review: 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1' Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Philip Seymour Hoffman, And More Review: 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1' Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Philip Seymour Hoffman, And More Watch: First Trailer For 'The Age Of Adaline' Starring Blake Lively, Ellen Burstyn And Harrison Ford Watch: First Trailer For 'The Age Of Adaline' Starring Blake Lively, Ellen Burstyn And Harrison Ford Review: Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway & More Review: Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway & More Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... SXSW Review: Spierig Brothers 'Predestination'  Starring Ethan Hawke SXSW Review: Spierig Brothers 'Predestination' Starring Ethan Hawke From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

Roland Emmerich Wants To Make A Low Budget Drama About The Stonewall Riots

The Playlist By Ken Guidry | The Playlist April 22, 2013 at 12:32PM

Let’s face it, when you go see a Roland Emmerich film, what you see is what you get. You either like his mega-budgeted movies of destruction or you don’t. Nevertheless, his films (“2012”, “The Day After Tomorrow”) tend to make a ton of money and his upcoming effort “White House Down” is another big budget blockbuster that hopes to replicate that success. But, judging from his interview with Empire, it sounds as if Emmerich is looking to go into a completely different direction with his next film and it actually sounds pretty interesting.
1
Roland Emmerich

Let’s face it, when you go see a Roland Emmerich film, what you see is what you get. You either like his mega-budgeted movies of destruction or you don’t. Nevertheless, his films (“2012”, “The Day After Tomorrow”) tend to make a ton of money and his upcoming effort “White House Down” is another big budget blockbuster that hopes to replicate that success. But, judging from his interview with Empire, it sounds as if Emmerich is looking to go into a completely different direction with his next film and it actually sounds pretty interesting.

The film in question is about the Stonewall riots that happened in New York City back in 1969. A police raid took place at a gay bar called Stonewall Inn, where many homeless gay people adopted as a shelter, and much to the surprise of the police, they fought back. “It’s one of those civil rights movements, like Rosa Parks, and very little is known about it,” Emmerich said to the magazine about the event, one of the galvanizing moments of the gay rights movement. 

Emmerich’s movie would specifically be about “these crazy kids in New York, and a country bumpkin who gets into their gang, and at the end they start this riot and change the world,” as described by Emmerich himself. “It was the first time that gay people had shown the police that they should take them serious. And when the riot police came – this has always been fascinating for me – these kids formed a chorus line and sang, ‘We are the village girls, we wear our hair in curls!’ It was such a cool thing.”

Playwright John Robin Bates is currently working on the script, so we'll see how this turns out. This isn't the first time Emmerich has been interested in things not exploding, having helmed 2011's Shakespeare conspiracy theory thing "Anonymous," but this would definitely be his first taking on a real life event, with some serious dramatic importance. Moreover, Emmerich is ready to ditch the hundreds of millions of dollars his movies usually get, and make it for "$12-14 million" -- another gear change from the usually effects heavy filmmaker. Could we one day see Roland Emmerich as an Oscar nominee? The mind reels....


In the meantime, Emmerich’s “White House Down” starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx comes out on June 28th.

This article is related to: Roland Emmerich


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates