Emmerich, Roland 1955–

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Emmerich, Roland 1955–

PERSONAL

Born November 10, 1955, in Stuttgart, West Germany (now Germany); son of Hans Emmerich (owner of a garden equipment manufacturing company); brother of Ute Emmerich (a producer, casting director, and executive). Education: Studied production design at Munich Film and Television School, 1977–81.

Addresses: Agent—Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Career: Director, producer, and writer. Centropolis Film Productions, founder, partner, and producer, 1984–2001; Centropolis Film Productions was affiliated with Sony Pictures Entertainment, 1998–2001; Emmerich has been affiliated with the German media company VIP; frequently a creative partner with Dean Devlin. Berlin International Film Festival, Berlin, Germany, president of jury, 2005, Also a musician and worked in advertising.

Member: Directors Guild of America.

Awards, Honors: Golden Berlin Bear Award nomination, Berlin International Film Festival, 1984, and International Fantasy Film Award nomination, best film, Fantasporto, 1986, both for Das Arche Noah Prinzip; International Fantasy Film Award nomination, best film, 1987, for Joey; International Fantasy Film Award nomination, best film, 1995, and Universe Reader's Choice Award (with Dean Devlin), best film, Sci-Fi Universe magazine, 1996, both for Stargate; Universe Reader's Choice awards, best director for a genre motion picture and (with Dean Devlin) best writing for a genre motion picture, both 1996, Saturn Award, best director, Academy of Science Fiction, Horror, and Fantasy Films, Saturn Award nomination (with Dean Devlin), best writer, Reader's Choice Award, best foreign language film, Mainichi Film Concours, Audience Award, Czech Lions, and Amanda Award (Norway), best foreign feature film, all 1997, all for Independence Day; Audience Award, best director, European Film awards, 1998, and Saturn Award nomination, best director, 1999, both for Godzilla; Officer's Cross of Merit, Federal Republic of Germany, 1999.

CREDITS

Film Director:

Franzmann (also known as The Frog), [West Germany (now Germany)], 1979.

Das Arche Noah Prinzip (also known as The Noah's Ark Principle), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists Classics, 1985.

Joey (also known as Making Contact), New World Pictures, 1985.

Ghost Chase (also known as Hollywood-Monster), Centropolis Film Productions, 1988.

Moon 44 (also known as Intruder), LIVE Home Video, 1990.

Universal Soldier, TriStar, 1992.

Stargate (also known as Stargate, la porte des etoiles), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1994.

Independence Day (also known as ID4), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1996.

Godzilla, TriStar, 1998.

The Patriot (also known as Der Patriot), Columbia, 2000.

The Day after Tomorrow (also known as Tomorrow), Twentieth Century-Fox, 2004.

King Tut, Columbia, c. 2006.

One Nation, Columbia, 2006.

10,000 B.C., Columbia/Warner Bros., 2007.

Film Executive Producer:

(With Hanno Huth) Eye of the Storm, New Line Cinema, 1991.

Independence Day (also known as ID4), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1996.

Godzilla, TriStar, 1998.

The Patriot (also known as Der Patriot), Columbia, 2000.

Eight Legged Freaks (also known as Arac Attack), Warner Bros., 2002.

Film Producer:

(With Dean Heyde) Moon 44 (also known as Intruder), LIVE Home Video, 1990.

High Crusade (also known as High Crusade—Frikassee im Weltraum), Centropolis Film Productions, 1994.

(With Dean Devlin) Stargate (also known as Stargate, la porte des etoiles), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1994.

The Thirteenth Floor (also known as Abwaerts in die Zukunft), Columbia, 1999.

The Day after Tomorrow (also known as Tomorrow), Twentieth Century-Fox, 2004.

King Tut, Columbia, c. 2006.

The Break, Columbia, 2006.

One Nation, Columbia, 2006.

The 1 Second Film (animated short documentary), Cinespire Entertainment, 2006.

10,000 B.C., Columbia/Warner Bros., 2007.

Welcome to America (also known as The Girls Next Door), Lions Gate Films, 2007.

Film Editor:

Franzmann (also known as The Frog), [West Germany (now Germany)], 1979.

Film Appearances:

Die 120 Tage von Bottrop, DEM Film, 1997.

Television Work; Series:

Creator and executive producer, The Visitor, Fox, 1997–98.

Director, Raumpatrouille—Die phantastischen Abenteuer des Raumschiffes Orion (also known as Space Patrol, Raumpatrouille, Raumpatrouille-Die Abenteuer des schnellen Raumkreuzers Orion, and Raumschiff Orion), [Germany], beginning c. 1997.

Creator and executive producer, Godzilla: The Series (animated), Fox, 1998–2000.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Altosax, [West Germany (now Germany)], 1980.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Himself, Making of "Universal Soldier" (documentary), 1992.

Himself, The Making of "Independence Day" (documentary), 1996.

The Sci-Fi Channel's Invasion of Independence Day, Sci-Fi Channel, 1996.

Godzilla, King of the Monsters (documentary), BBC, 1998.

Himself, History or Hollywood? The Patriot, History Channel, 2000.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Himself, "Mechanical Effects: Nuts and Bolts," Movie Magic, The Discovery Channel, 1995.

Himself, "Devastation Effects: Movie Mayhem," Movie Magic, The Discovery Channel, 1996.

Himself, "Independence Day," HBO First Look, HBO, 1996.

Himself, "Popparit Bushin kimpussa," 4Pop, 2004.

Himself, Anke Late Night, 2004.

Himself, Richard & Judy, Channel 4 (England), 2004.

Appeared as himself, "The Films of Roland Emmerich," The Directors, Encore.

RECORDINGS

Videos:

Himself, Independence Day: The ID4 Invasion (documentary), 1996.

Himself, Godzilla: On Assignment with Charles Caiman (short documentary), Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment, 1998.

Himself, The Art of War (short documentary), Columbia/TriStar, 2000.

Himself, Boom! Hollywood's Greatest Disaster Movies (documentary), Image Entertainment, 2000.

Himself, Independence Day: Creating Reality (short documentary), Twentieth Century-Fox Home Entertainment, 2000.

Himself, The Force Is with Them: The Legacy of "Star Wars" (short documentary), Twentieth Century-Fox, 2004.

Himself, Guns, Genes & Fighting Machines: The Making of "Universal Soldier" (short documentary), Lions Gate Films, 2004.

WRITINGS

Screenplays:

Franzmann (also known as The Frog), [West Germany (now Germany)], 1979.

(With Hans J. Haller) Das Arche Noah Prinzip (also known as The Noah's Ark Principle), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists Classics, 1985.

(With Hans J. Haller and Thomas Lechner) Joey (also known as Making Contact), New World Pictures, 1985.

(With Oliver Eberle) Ghost Chase (also known as Hollywood-Monster), Centropolis Film Productions, 1988.

(Story only) Moon 44 (also known as Intruder), LIVE Home Video, 1990.

(With Dean Devlin) Stargate (also known as Stargate, la porte des etoiles), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1994.

(With Devlin) Independence Day (also known as ID4), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1996.

(With Devlin) Godzilla (based on the earlier Godzilla films), TriStar, 1998.

(With Jeffrey Nachmanoff) The Day after Tomorrow (also known as Tomorrow), Twentieth Century-Fox, 2004.

(With Harald Kloser and John Orloff) 10,000 B.C., Columbia/Warner Bros., 2007.

(Story with others) Welcome to America (also known as The Girls Next Door; based on an article by Peter Landesman), Lions Gate Films, 2007.

Teleplays; Movies:

Altosax, [West Germany (now Germany)], 1980.

Some sources cite Emmerich as the coauthor of episodes of Stargate SG-1, Sci-Fi Channel, Showtime, and syndicated; as well as episodes of The Visitor, Fox.

Novels:

(With Dean Devlin and Stephen Molstad) Independence Day (novelization of the film of the same name), HarperPrism, 1996.

ADAPTATIONS

The television series Stargate SG-1, broadcast by the Sci-Fi Channel and Showtime and broadcast in syndication, was based on Emmerich and Dean Devlin's film Stargate (also known as Stargate, la porte des etoiles), distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1994.

OTHER SOURCES

Periodicals:

Entertainment Weekly, July 12, 1996.

Starburst, February, 1998, pp. 36-39.

Starlog, September, 1992; November, 1996; August, 1998.

Time, July 8, 1996, pp. 58-64.

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