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Roland Emmerich

Roland Emmerich is a German film director and producer of blockbuster films like The Day After Tomorrow (2004), Godzilla (1998), Independence Day (1996) and The Patriot (2000). Before fame, he originally wanted to be a production designer, but decided to be a director, after watching the original Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). Emmerich... See full bio »

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Fri, Sep 21 8:00 PM EDT on AMC (277)
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  Independence Day 3 (characters) (announced)
 2016 Independence Day: Resurgence (based on characters created by) / (screenplay by) / (story by)
 2012 Dark Horse (TV Movie)
 2009-2011 SGU Stargate Universe (TV Series) (based on a concept by - 40 episodes)
- Gauntlet (2011) ... (based on a concept by - uncredited)
- Blockade (2011) ... (based on a concept by - uncredited)
- Epilogue (2011) ... (based on a concept by - uncredited)
- Common Descent (2011) ... (based on a concept by - uncredited)
- The Hunt (2011) ... (based on a concept by - uncredited)
 2009/I 2012 (written by)
 2004-2009 Stargate: Atlantis (TV Series) (based on a concept by - 99 episodes)
- Enemy at the Gate (2009) ... (based on a concept by - uncredited)
- Vegas (2008) ... (based on a concept by - uncredited)
- Identity (2008) ... (based on a concept by - uncredited)
- Infection (2008) ... (based on a concept by - uncredited)
- Brain Storm (2008) ... (based on a concept by - uncredited)
 2008 10,000 BC (written by)
 1997-2007 Stargate SG-1 (TV Series) (based on the film by - 213 episodes)
- Unending (2007) ... (based on the film by - uncredited)
- Dominion (2007) ... (based on the film by - uncredited)
- Family Ties (2007) ... (based on the film by - uncredited)
- Talion (2007) ... (based on the film by - uncredited)
- Bad Guys (2007) ... (based on the film by - uncredited)
 2004 The Day After Tomorrow (screenplay) / (story)
 1998/I Godzilla (screenplay) / (story)
  The Visitor (TV Series) (creator - 2 episodes, 1997) (story - 1 episode, 1997) (written by - 1 episode, 1997)
- The Devil's Rainbow (1997) ... (creator)
- Fear of Flying (1997) ... (story)
- Pilot (1997) ... (creator) / (written by)
 1996 Independence Day (written by)
 1994 Stargate (written by)
 1990 Moon 44 (story)
 1987 Ghost Chase (screenplay) / (story)
 1985 Making Contact (written by)
 1980 Altosax (TV Movie)
 1979 Franzmann (writer)
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Directed his first commercial in 2001. Title: Infinite Possibilities Client: DaimlerChrysler Agency: Springer & Jacoby UK, London Creative Directors: Kurt Georg Dieckert/Stefan Schmidt Copywriter: Alex Jaggy Agency Producer: Natascha Teidler Production Company: GAP Films, Munich Production Manager: Tom Weissferdt Assistant ... See more »

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11 Interviews | 2 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

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Roland Emmrich


5' 11" (1.8 m)

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When you're not loved by the critics, it's very hard for anyone to say anything good about your movie. For me, it's more important that the audience enjoys it and embraces it, anyway. You get something that does well, but is criticized. So you say, 'OK, they just didn't get it. There's 1% or 2% who didn't like it. But there's 98% who did. See more »


His nickname of "Das Spielbergle aus Sindelfingen" (translated as "lil' Spielberg of Sindelfingen") sounds flattering, but it was actually bestowed upon him in the 1980s by the German media as an insult. Emmerich made his films in English and in the style of the latter part of the "New Hollywood" era. This did not sit well with German movie critics who still preferred the conventional styles that... See more »


Often uses extreme telephoto lenses with very deep focus in his shots so that all elements are in sharp focus. See more »


Das Spielbergle aus Sindelfingen

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