moon fall hits theaters next month, marking the last in Roland Emmerich’s extensive filmography filled with sci-fi and disaster films. The director directed stargate, Independence Day, Godzilla (1998), Two days later, 2012, and more. Recently, ComicBook.com had the chance to discuss with Emmerich about moon fall and we asked the director what drew him to such great doomsday stories.
“Well, I think I created my own genre because it’s almost like a different topic. First it was an alien invasion. Then it was Godzilla. So it was After tomorrowit was about climate change. 2012 concerned a displacement of the earth’s crust. It’s pretty much about the Moon falling to Earth, but it’s not what you think it is,” Emmerich explained.
He added from moon fall“It’s also interesting because this movie was actually really inspired by a book. It was called who built the moon. It’s a book in English, very obscure. It makes a very good point that the Moon is not what we think it is. It’s somehow man-made or alien-made or whatever and makes a very good point. There are three theories in there as to how this could have happened, but we didn’t pick any of them. We kind of created our own.
Speaking of the Moon, we wondered if Emmerich believed in one of the many conspiracies surrounding Earth’s only natural satellite.
“I think it all happened,” Emmerich said of the 1969 moon landing. “It’s kind of silly. But, it’s interesting to play with that… I mean now, for example, Independence Day, there was Area 51. There was a spaceship and aliens and all that kind of stuff. I think about After tomorrowI stayed a little apart, but then in 2012, it was a kind of moon, moving the earth’s crust. Look, it’s just a silly thing, but for me it was the only way the world could be covered in water, so I kind of said, “Okay, let’s do this.” So this one is like a fantasy.
In moon fall, a mysterious force knocks the Moon out of its orbit around Earth and sends it on a collision course with life as we know it. Just weeks before impact and the world on the brink of annihilation, NASA leader and former astronaut Jo Fowler (Academy Award winner Halle Berry) is convinced she has the key to saving us all. – but only one astronaut from his past, Brian Harper (Patrick Wilson, Half-way) and conspiracy theorist KC Houseman (John Bradley, game of thrones) believes her. These unlikely heroes will mount an impossible ultimate mission in space, leaving behind everyone they love, only to discover that our Moon is not what we think it is.
Stay tuned for more from our interview with Roland Emmerich.
moon fall hits theaters February 4.