Roland Emmerich has accused the “Star Wars” and Marvel films of “ruining” the film industry.
The 66-year-old director has directed films such as ‘Independence Day’ and ‘The Day After Tomorrow’, but lamented that the popularity of major franchises is preventing other filmmakers from working on original projects.
When asked if the disaster genre has changed lately, Roland told Den of Geek, “Oh yeah. doesn’t do anything original anymore.”
The ‘Moonfall’ director says it’s harder now to make a movie based on an original idea and admits his reputation was key to getting his latest film – which stars Halle Berry and Patrick Wilson – made.
Roland explained, “You should make bold new movies, you know?
“And I think, actually, Christopher Nolan is the master of that. He’s somebody who can make movies about whatever he wants. I’m having a little more trouble, but I’ve always a pretty big name – especially when it’s a disaster (movie) or has some sort of disaster theme.”
The director recently revealed how he plans to make a “Moonfall” trilogy, but he’s not sure if he’ll do any follow-up projects anymore.
Roland said: “I’m not big on sequels. But I tried to make it a trilogy this time around, but I’m not even sure I even want more.
“I think if I do a sequel I’ll make it a bit more like the original ‘Star Wars’, the second one will have a huge cliffhanger. Because it’s totally lost on people.
“Everything always has to be clean. Why not let them hang and say, ‘We left you hanging, we’ll see the conclusion in two years.'”