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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