Roland Emmerich: Star Wars is ‘ruining’ the film industry

Mark Hamill attends the Premiere of "Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker" on December 16, 2019. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
Mark Hamill attends the Premiere of "Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker" on December 16, 2019. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images) /

Roland Emmerich, high-profile director of movies such as The Day After Tomorrow and Independence Day maintains that serial movie franchises such as the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Wars are ruining the film industry. This comes after his claim that these creations are somehow void of creativity.

The filmmaker told Den of Geek: “Naturally Marvel and DC Comics, and Star Wars, have pretty much taken over. It’s ruining our industry a little bit because nobody does anything original anymore.”

This is an interesting position, as even he has directed serial movies in the same universe as seen with the multiple Independence Day movies. To further analyze this claim, perhaps we should take a look into some of the more recent Star Wars productions.

While some of the more recent Star Wars movies such as Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker certainly haven’t had the best reception we see plenty of material that has been hailed as excellent.

Shows such as The Mandolarion, and movies like Rogue One have received an excellent reception. Building inside of a universe has long been seen as an impactful behavior, in both literary and cinematic worlds. We see this evidenced in examples such as J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series, or Indiana Jones. I do not seriously think that Roland Emmerich would consider either of these series as “lacking creativity.”

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Photo: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones). Copyright: 2016 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™, All Rights Reserved. /

While not all series are made equal, and not all movies are made equal, just because something is in a series does not mean that it is bad. While Roland Emmerich may not be happy that serial movies are overtaking movie productions, for now, we have seen that they can be excellent.

Movies such as Spider-Man: No Way Home have had excellent receptions by both critics and audiences reviews. For now, I have to disagree with Roland Emmerich and say that I am looking forward to more masterpieces in my favorite universes.

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