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'Independence Day' Director Roland Emmerich Planning Movie About Stonewall Riots

Director Roland Emmerich is planning a movie about Stonewall, he tells Empire online:

Emmerich“I may want to do a little movie – about $12-14 million – about the Stonewall Riots in New York,” revealed Emmerich. “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 says John Robin Bates is working on a script that follows the story of a homeless gay teen who finds his way to the Stonewall Inn and "gets caught up in the riots."

Emmerich says Bates owes him 20 more pages on the script.

Empire adds:

“I’ve got more and more involved in the Gay & Lesbian Centre in Los Angeles,” says Emmerich, “and I learned that 40% of homeless kids are gay. So things haven’t changed very much. But I put this together and said, I should make a movie about that, so it starts with a kid who gets thrown out of his home and ends up on the streets of the village, and becomes friends with all these kids. In a weird way, it shows that it’s still something that happens today.

“I read a lot about it and was so surprised,” says Emmerich of the process of discovery he's undertaken on the currently untitled movie. “It was the first time that gay people had shown the police that they should take them serious. And when the riot police came – this has always been fascinating for me – these kids formed a chorus line and sang ‘We are the village girls, we wear our hair in curls!’ It was such a cool thing.”

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  1. Jeeze, guys, lighten up. Are any of you around some of these gay kids in their early 20's nowadays? Many of them don't seem to know of any movies or history that happened before the year 2000. A new movie about the Stonewall Riots reaching that audience should be welcomed and appreciated. I am in my 40's and it shocks me how many people 10 years younger than me had no knowledge about Harvey Milk before "Milk" came out and got attention. Of course the previous versions of these stories exist in other forms, and maybe younger audiences will find them after seeing this one. Do we need a remake of "Showgirls?" Probably not. Could we use another "Stonewall" flick? Absolutely. This film maybe isn't for "Us". It is for "Them". This is how we change opinions and gain acceptance. I say, go for it. Bring the story to more people. "Stonewall", made almost 20 years ago will not make the impact on a modern audience the way a new film will.

    Posted by: Jon | Apr 22, 2013 9:27:35 PM


  2. someone SHOULD do this movie...but NOT on a $12 million budget. I feel the movie could and should be epic with more resources invested in it because the story is captivating.

    Posted by: Arjay | Apr 22, 2013 9:34:42 PM


  3. David Carter, author of Stonewall, speaks about Marsha Johnson in this documentary:

    Pay It No Mind - The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson -

    -- Marsha, what a trip. She was something else. I vividly remember seeing her back in the 70's & 80's on Christopher Street. Kids would point at her in awe with bulging bug-eyes saying, "See that crazy drag queen over there?" I would respond, "Well honey, she started the Stonewall riots." The listener's mouth without fail would drop agape, because she was truly a sight to see. Then, after that, all the up and coming queens whenever we saw her would pause & genuflect as she made her way along the cobblestone streets of Greenwich Village. She is an undisputed icon. She's the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower, and the Sphinx all rolled up into one divine ball.

    J. Walls

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjN9W2KstqE

    This feature-length documentary focuses on revolutionary trans-activist, Marsha "Pay it No Mind" Johnson, a Stonewall instigator, Andy Warhol model, drag queen, sex worker, starving actress, and Saint.
    "Pay It" captures the legendary gay/human rights activist as she recounts her life at the forefront of The Stonewall Riots in the 1960s, the creation of S.T.A.R. (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries) with Sylvia Rivera in the '70s, and a New York City activist throughout the '80s and early '90s.
    Through her own words, as well as in-depth interviews with gay activist Randy Wicker, former Cockettes performer Agosto Machado, Author Michael Musto, Hot Peaches founder/performer, Jimmy Camicia, and Stonewall Activists Bob Kohler, Danny Garvin, Tommy Lanigan-Schmidt, and Martin Boyce, Marsha's story lives on.

    This documentary screened in 2012 at the IFC theater in New York, the British Film Institute in London, and La Mutinerie in Paris France. You should see it.

    Posted by: Kazinako | Apr 28, 2013 10:34:06 AM


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