Legendary disaster filmmaker Roland Emmerich has said the world needs more blockbuster climate change movies to “wake people up” to the problems we face.
The German filmmaker, whose box office hits include Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow, told Sky News that movie studios saying they are determined to be greener must stop ordering superhero movies that end up save the world.
âIn the Marvel movies and the DC comedies, it’s all superheroes. It’s easy, you can kind of shift the blame to a superhero, and then that’s it.
“Sometimes a big blockbuster is the right thing to wake people up … every time it’s an end-of-the-world scenario it’s life or death decisions, and I think that is. strengthens everything …
“I think everything is useful, you know, and you have to show people that it’s going to happen.”
Emmerich’s 2004 classic The Day After Tomorrow could have described an extreme scenario, in which a sudden global storm plunges the entire planet into a new Ice Age, but he says an artistic license is needed to get people thinking. people.
âIt was like a very simple idea. There was a scientist who worked a lot in the arctic, a big stormâ¦ but the science was absolutely right.
“If that sort of happens over 10 years, you can’t really make a movie about it, can you? That’s the only way to make a movie.”
The filmmaker says he is not convinced by the commitments on climate change made by countries at the COP26 summit held in November.
âPoliticians are doing nothing,â he said. âThey have this huge thing in Scotland and nothing really happens, goals always get things done. Nobody does anything drastic because nobody can do something drastic – and it shows you how fundamentally all politics are in the hands of the oil and coal lobbyists. “
The master of disaster films has chosen an even more extreme storyline for his next film, Moonfall, which will be released next year. In it, a NASA executive, an astronaut, and a conspiracy theorist travel to space to prevent the moon from crashing into Earth.
Things might not be that dark for us right now, but that doesn’t mean we should bury our heads in the sand, Emmerich says.
“There should be TV shows [on climate change], all kinds of things, but there isn’t. It’s wishful thinking because people really only want to see things like Game Of Thrones. Nobody wants to face reality, let’s put it that way. “