EXCLUSIVE: Roland Emmerich’s independently-produced drama Stonewall has made its first big international sale. Warner Bros Germany has acquired the just-wrapped film in Emmerich’s native country. The Jon Robin Baitz-scripted drama tells the story of a young man’s political awakening set against the backdrop of the 1969 police raid at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, a mafia-owned bar that became the flashpoint for the gay rights movement. Jeremy Irvine, Jonny Beauchamp, Caleb Landry Jones, Joey King, Matt Craven, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ron Perlman and up-and-comers Karl Glusman, Vlademir Alexis, and Alexandre Nachi star. Of the sale, Emmerich says, “Telling the story of the Stonewall riots has long been a great passion of mine. I couldn’t be more thrilled that Warner Bros will be releasing the film in Germany. I first worked with Warner Bros 25 years ago on Moon 44, and I’m looking forward to working very closely with them again.”
WB Germany’s President and Managing Director Willi Geike added, “We’re delighted to be partnering again with such a talent as German writer, director and producer, Roland Emmerich and his team. Stonewall tells a powerful and significant story that will enrich our slate and excite and inform audiences here in Germany.” The last time Emmerich stepped out of the commerical action frame was with 2011’s Anonymous. Sony released that one domestically with SPRI handling many overseas territories including Germany.
Emmerich is producing Stonewall via his Centropolis Entertainment with Michael Fossat, Marc Frydman, and Carsten Lorenz. Exec producers are Kirstin Winkler, Adam Press and Michael Roban. The film was shot in and around Montreal where Emmerich and his production team elaborately re-created the Inn and the entire Christopher Street neighborhood in a former train repair facility. With the largest printed backdrop ever created and 500 extras in period costumes on the detailed set, the filmmakers say it was like taking a time machine back to New York City in the late 60s.