Roland Emmerich’s ‘Midway’ Enlists Aaron Eckhart, Nick Jonas, Tadanobu Asano, Keean Johnson, Ahead Of Fall Shoot by Centropolis Entertainment

Roland Emmerich’s big-budget epic Midway is ready to hit the high seas with Aaron EckhartKeean JohnsonTadanobu AsanoDennis Quaid and Nick Jonas among those joining the project.

Luke Evans, Woody Harrelson, Mandy Moore, Ed Skrein, and Patrick Wilson have already been revealed for the strong ensemble and they are now joined by Asano (Zatoichi), Eckhart (The Dark Knight), Johnson (Alita: Battle Angel), singer and actor Jonas (Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle), Quaid (Day After Tomorrow), Luke Kleintank (Man in the High Castle), Jun Kunimura (Kill Bill: Vol. 1), and Etsushi Toyokawa (Love Letter).

Based on the true story of the Battle of Midway, a turning point in the Pacific theater of World War II, the $100M+ action-drama will chronicle the exploits of the soldiers and pilots at the heart of the conflict. Shoot is due to get under way from September 5 in Honolulu.

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Lionsgate Acquires U.S. Rights To Roland Emmerich-Directed WWII Pic ‘Midway’ by Jenna Arnold

Lionsgate made a splashy acquisition at the Toronto Film Festival, landing U.S. distribution rights to Midway, the Roland Emmerich-directed drama about the seminal WWII battle that is a co-production between The Mark Gordon Company and Emmerich’s Centropolis Entertainment. Bona Film Group leads the financing, and Starlight Culture Entertainment Group is in talks to provided the rest. Emmerich and Harald Kloser are producing with Gordon. MGC’s Matt Jackson is also producing.


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Roland Emmerich named honourary chairman of GABA FI by Jenna Arnold

Roland Emmerich has been named honourary chairman of GABA FI, the German American Business Association Film Initiative.

The Initiative (GABA FI) was initiated in 2015 as a joint effort by the German American Business Association and the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Los Angeles.

Based in Hollywood, it supports and promotes German filmmakers, actors, composers, screenwriters, producers and other industry professionals in Los Angeles.

GABA FI hosts regular meetings, networking and educational events, discussion forums and screenings to honour German talent, and provides a platform to connect, interact and improve the career of members.

Emmerich, whose credits include Independence Day, Stargate, 10,000BC and White House Down, will help the group in the year ahead as it plans to expand its educational programme and presence at trade shows such as AFM and the AFCI Location Show, and further connect members with each other and American industry professionals.

GABA FI is supported by the Consulate General of Germany, the German Film Commissions and companies such as Centropolis Entertainment, Pixomondo, International Film Partners and White Bear PR.


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Roland with the GABA FI Board.

Roland with the GABA FI Board.

Centropolis Grabs ‘Scarletville’ Spec From First-Timer Jason Young by Jenna Arnold

Excited to announce a new project for Centropolis Entertainment! Looking forward to working with some great up and coming Hollywood talent. Scarletville is a thriller in the vein of Blood Simple or Red Rock West. "When a deadly criminal shows up in the deceptively-quiet, small town of Scarletville, a diner owner named Hank must spin a series of dark and twisted stories, in order to delay the felon long enough for the law to arrive" 

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Roland Emmerich’s Next Space Epic ‘Moonfall’ Lands At Universal by Jenna Arnold


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EXCLUSIVE: As the Roland Emmerich-directed sci-fi sequel Independence Day: Resurgence kicks off the first weekend of summer box office in North America today,Universal Pictures has closed a deal for the filmmaker’s next epic-sized sci-fi picture. The studio spent seven figures to acquire Moonfall, a spec script that Emmerich wrote with his 2012 collaborator Harald Kloser and Spencer Cohen, latter of whom scripted the sci-fi pic Extinction for Good Universe and Mandeville. Emmerich will direct the film and produce it with Kloser. The picture will be fast-tracked.

The studio has been in the mix on the script along with Sony Pictures and Fox, both of which have made successful big-canvas films with Emmerich. This one is best described as Emmerich’s 2012 mashed together with Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, following an unlikely band of misfits who must unite to save humanity when the moon falls out of orbit and hurtles towards earth.

This is the seventh collaboration between Emmerich and Kloser, with the others being 2004’s The Day After Tomorrow, 2008’s10,000 BC, 2009’s 2012, 2011’sAnonymous, 2013’s White House Down andIndependence Day: Resurgence.

Emmerich and Kloser are repped by CAA and attorney John Diemer of Bloom Hergott; Cohen by WME and attorney Scott Whitehead of McKuin Frankel Whitehead LLP.