After making action-packed blockbusters such as The Day After Tomorrow and Independence Day which depicted the possible Roland Emmerichend of civilization, director Roland Emmerich now plans to make a smaller film about the dawn of the modern LGBT equal rights movement — the Stonewall riots of 1969.
“I may want to do a little movie about the Stonewall riots in New York,” Emmerich said to Empire magazine. “It’s about these crazy kids in New York, and a country bumpkin who gets into their gang, and at the end they start this riot and change the world.”
Emmerich has enlisted John Robin Bates, whose queer-themed work includes Broadway’s The Paris Letter and TV’s Brothers and Sisters to write the screenplay. The director reveals that Bates’ take on the subject will follow a homeless gay teen who gravitates towards the Stonewall Inn and eventually gets caught up in the riots.
Emmerich, who is gay and whose new film White House Down will be released in June, explains why telling the story is important to him.
“It’s one of these civil rights moments, like Rosa Parks,” he said. “And very little is known about it. Even gay people don’t know much about it. There are only two books written about it.”
I can just see it now. The drag queens are going to shoot lasers from their eyes while NYC tumbles down around them yet no one gets killed until a giant wave of water comes crashing in on the city, which then turns to ice.