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Roland Emmerich: Marvel and Star Wars are ruining the industry

Writer: Heidi Hsia

Do audiences really want the same formulaic movies?
Do audiences really want the same formulaic movies?

8 Feb – Roland Emmerich has joined a slew of filmmakers who are not amused by the large number of superhero movies in theatres in recent years.

The director, who spoke to Den of Geek to promote his new movie, "Moonfall" recently, expressed his belief that superhero movies (and Star Wars) are destroying the industry.


"It's ruining our industry a little bit, because nobody does anything original anymore," he said.


Roland Emmerich is known for his action-packed films like "Independence Day"

Aside from the similar points previously made by Martin Scorsese and Jodie Foster about such franchises that have conditioned audiences to favour formulaic storylines, Emmerich also stated that it is more difficult to get financing for an original project compared to a movie based on an IP as popular as Star Wars, Marvel or DC Comics.

"You should make bold new movies, you know?" he added. "And I think, actually, Christopher Nolan is the master of that. He is someone who can make movies about whatever he wants. I have it a little bit harder, but I still have a big enough name - especially when it's a disaster [movie] or has some sort of disaster theme."

It is noted that original movies have not been as successful as superhero and popular franchises, what with Steven Spielberg's "West Side Story" or Ridley Scott's "The Last Duel" not doing well in theatres compared to "Spider-Man: No Way Home", which has now grossed USD 1.7 billion.


Roland Emmerich's latest film is an action-packed apocalyptic film, "Moonfall"


He's got a stellar reputation as a director for disaster-themed movies

Cinema Online, 08 February 2022


Related Movies:
West Side Story (06 Jan 2022)
West Side Story (04 Dec 2021)
The Last Duel (14 Oct 2021)
Spider-Man: No Way Home (16 Dec 2021)
Avengers: Endgame (24 Apr 2019)
Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker (19 Dec 2019)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (15 Dec 2016)

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