With movies like “Independence Day,” “The Day After Tomorrow” and “2012,” director Roland Emmerich is known for making big budget blockbusters that include massive property damage. And while plenty of modern superhero movies — from “Avengers: Age of Ultron” to “Man of Steel” to “X-Men: Apocalypse” — feature cities and monuments getting leveled, odds are Emmerich won’t be getting behind the camera for a future super-movie. In an interview with the Guardian, the “Independence Day: Resurgence” director expressed disdain at the suggestion that his filmography bears any resemblance to the modern superhero movie.
“When you look at my movies it’s always the regular Joe Schmo that’s the unlikely hero,” said Emmerich. “A lot of Marvel movies, they show people in funny suits running around. I don’t like people in capes. I find it silly when someone dons a superhero suit and flies. I don’t understand it. I grew up in Germany, that’s probably why.”
Emmerich also discussed his early career as a filmmaker in Germany, where his peers didn’t understand his interest in making special effects-driven movies. “I’m a big believer in original ideas. I tell this to every kid who comes to me and says they want to be a film-maker: I say: ‘Do what you want to do and don’t let yourself be talked into anything.’ In my case, it was making big science fiction films with big special effects. Right from the beginning, I was dreaming about that. My love was George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Coppola. I was like the black sheep of everybody.”
That “do what you want to do” ethos could pay off once “Resurgence” opens in theaters; the director might never feel the need to jump into a superhero franchise. Emmerich said that the sequel to his 1996 mega-hit “Independence Day” could give him a franchise of his very own.
While he said that there is currently not a third “Independence Day” in any stage of production, he added that there is room for it. “The thing is set up for it, though. These movies always have to be franchisable. This one sets up the young generation. At the end of the movie, there’s a little kick that says maybe this could happen again. But I’m not even thinking about it…”
Directed by Emmerich and starring Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Maika Monroe, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, Jessie Usher and more, “Independence Day: Resurgence” opens on June 24.
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