Roland Emmerich, known for his hit films about global disasters, such as Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow and 2012, discussed how the global pandemic affected the filming of his latest sci-fi epic – Moonfall.
The film features Patrick Wilson, Halle Berry and John Bradley who must join forces to tackle the unruly celestial object. But the moon breaking out of orbit and coming to Earth wasn’t the only challenge for Emmerich, his cast and crew. The Covid protocols coming in and suddenly adding unexpected costs to filming was also something to contend with.
Emmerich told comicbook.com; “I went through the pandemic, which was naturally a problem for us because all of a sudden there were 5.6 million additional costs. So we had to cut the film down a bit. But, we never cut anything from the script.
“We had to shoot everything faster…it’s one of those things where you can shoot a movie faster and faster. That means I shot more or less the whole movie in 61 days. I didn’t have a second unit.
He added: “These days I do everything myself and have fun doing it. Yeah. And then we even cut three, four or five days.
In addition to disaster films, Emmerich also directed Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren’s Universal Soldier, Stargate, and the 1998 version of Godzilla. There was also White House Down in 2013 which does not star Gerard Butler, but does feature Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx.
Moonfall is set for release on February 4, 2022. In the meantime, check out our guides to the best action movies and the best alien movies.