"Last Movie": Star director Roland Emmerich retires

“Last Movie”
Star director Roland Emmerich is retiring

The German star director Roland Emmerich has immortalized himself in Hollywood with masterpieces such as “Independence Day” and “The Day After Tomorrow”. Now the 67-year-old announces the end of his career. But he still wants to make a “very last film” – and convey an important message.

Roland Emmerich is considered the most successful German directing export in Hollywood. The 67-year-old director of legendary disaster films such as “Independence Day”, “The Day After Tomorrow” and “2012” has now announced in “Bild am Sonntag” that he will be making a film about environmental disasters in two to three years. This still untitled project should then remain Emmerich’s last. “This is the very last film I want to do,” explains the US-based filmmaker.

In his final work, it will therefore be “about the world getting out of joint”. He asks himself “whether there will come a time when people will no longer be able to live in the country in which they were born – because of the heat, because of water shortages, because of hunger”. This will lead to a “migration of peoples that will be very, very cruel”. Emmerich is certain: “The system will no longer work if suddenly many millions of people travel to another country”.

“I would like to bring this message to the screen”

The star director does not yet know what will happen after the end of his career that has now been announced. But he wanted to read a lot, paint a little “and just have fun”. However, it is important to the Hollywood heavyweight, who was born in Stuttgart, to realize his roughly sketched environmental catastrophe film beforehand. “[…] I really want to bring this message to the screen. In my opinion, the only way to shake people up is when they are terribly afraid of something,” says Emmerich. Emmerich’s last film project is “The Magic Flute”, which the 67-year-old accompanied as a producer.

However, it remains to be seen whether the disaster film announced in two to three years will really be the last. It is not the first time that the star director has announced his last work. The director once said that “2012” would be his last disaster film. However, Emmerich relapsed again this year with “Moonfall”. “I gave myself five years after reading the book ten years ago. But the moon is just a great topic, I couldn’t resist it,” he explained.

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