Roland Emmerich: Stonewall Will Begin Filming this Spring
"I may want to do a little movie—about $12-14 million—about the Stonewall Riots in New York,” Emmerich told the press last April. “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.” Written by playwright Jon Robin Bates, another Out100 honoree celebrated most recently for his play Other Desert Cities, the film is now set to start filming in the city this spring. Like, now? We suppose so. In the Facebook post, he also explained:
Stonewall will be produced by Michael Fossat, Marc Frydman, and Roland Emmerich. Executive Producers, Kirstin Winker and Adam Press. Line Producer, Carsten Lorenz. Written by Jon Robin Baitz. Cinematographer, Markus Förderer.
Oh and according to sources, it won't be just a retelling of how drag queens and barflies took on the NYPD. It's about how LGBT youth overcome alienation, rejection, and homelessness to forge new families, and new movements. It's a narrative Emmerich says is inspired by homeless youth he's met in LA.
“I’ve got more and more involved in the Gay & Lesbian Center in Los Angeles, and I learned that 40% of homeless kids are gay. So things haven’t changed very much," he says. "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."