While his blockbuster sequel, INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE, centers on the 20th anniversary of the fictitious "War of 1996," Roland Emmerich would like to turn his sights next towards a real life war story. On June 4, it'll be exactly 74 years since "The Battle of Midway" began- where the United States Navy obliterated an attacking Japanese fleet. That's the story Emmerich would like to lend his talents to next.
Last night, at a special 20th anniversary screening of INDEPENDENCE DAY, Emmerich announced during a Q&A that his next film would be called BATTLE OF MIDWAY. "At the time, the Americans were the underdog,” Emmerich said. “It was one of those moments where, against all odds, people came together and did the impossible. A lot of pilots died in this battle. I want to make a monument to them and it would be great to make a movie about it."
This won't be Emmerich's first foray into true-life tales. In the movies THE PATRIOT and STONEWALL, Emmerich took a look at revolutionary moments in American history. While THE PATRIOT came off as a bit of BRAVEHEART: 'MERICA F*CK YEA! Edition, it received slightly above average reviews and did some decent box office. STONEWALL, on the other hand, was an unmitigated disaster. It was destroyed by critics and never made the jump from a limited to a wide release that independent films like those typically make.
Here's hoping BATTLE OF MIDWAY fares better.
The German filmmaker certainly loves documenting moments in American history.
SOURCE: Coming Soon