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ROLAND EMMERICH directed and executive produced the TriStar release, "Godzilla," which he co-wrote with producer Dean Devlin. He directed the box office phenomenon "Independence Day," which he also executive produced and co-wrote with producer Dean Devlin. Emmerich helmed 1994's epic science fiction adventure "StarGate," which he also co-wrote with the film's producer Dean 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 Oliver 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 companies, Centropolis Entertainment, for which he acts as co-chairman.

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