In 2019, Roland Emmerich made his comeback with the war film “Midway”. A project that the German director, however, wanted to achieve since 1999. But all did not go as planned for him.
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Alongside Michael Bay, Roland Emmerich is one of the directors who upset the blockbuster fashion in Hollywood in the 90s. Indeed, like his American friend, the German director has this tendency. to overuse special effects and explosions. So after making himself known with Universal Soldier and Stargate, the stargate, the director meets a huge commercial success with Independence Day in 1996 ($ 817.4 million in revenue). This triumph undoubtedly gave him too much excess of confidence since in 1998 he realized Godzilla. The film is a total flop which will bury the mythical character for several years.
In the 2000s, however, Roland Emmerich remained very active, signing commercially successful films such as The day after and 2012. It is not the same thing during the following decade since between the films Marvel and the blockbusters like Christopher Nolan, Emmerich is now considered a has-been.
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In 2019, he is therefore making his comeback with Midway, war film which recounts the great battle of the same name which took place during the Second World War in 1942. It saw the American air force opposing that of Japan in the Pacific Islands, six months after the terrible attack on the base at Pearl Harbor.
For this film, the director has a 5-star cast with Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans, Woody Harrelson, Mandy Moore, Aaron Eckhart, Nick Jonas, Dennis Quaid, Tadanobu Asano or even Darren Criss.
A project thought for a long time
From a box office perspective, Midway was not a thunderbolt with $ 125 million in revenue (for a budget of $ 100 million). However, the good thing is that Roland Emmerich has come to terms with criticism. The latter judging the film more documented and less backfiring than its previous productions.
Roland Emmerich had been thinking about making it for a long time, however. Midway. Indeed, this fan of big-show films of the 70s was particularly marked by two war films released during the same period: A bridge too far (by Richard Attenborough) and especially The Battle of Midway, in which we find the great Charlton Heston. The director wanted to offer his own version of this decisive historical event of the Second World War. In 1999, he therefore proposed to Sony Pictures to produce his film. Only, as he declares during his interview in Leisure TV, the studio refuses, to their dismay:
In 1999, I already had in mind to make Midway. I had just done Godzilla, and I wanted to go back to something realistic. I came across a documentary about this story and fell in love with it. But the problem is that at the time the Sony studio estimated that the film would cost at least $ 130 million. At the time, the technique of special effects was less advanced, and therefore it was more expensive. In addition, the Japanese, who owned Sony, said no. So instead I realized The Patriot.
Costs that were too high for the time and technologies that were not advanced enough therefore forced Emmerich to wait. A bad for a good in the end.