Director Roland Emmerich is currently doing press for his upcoming film 2012, which hits theaters on November 13, and the director shed some light on two new projects of his. Collider is reporting that Emmerich revealed details about his project Foundation, the Issac Asimov adaptation that was announced in January, but also a new project called Anonymous, which seems to be the director's next picture.
Could you talk a little bit about the movie you're planning to do about William Shakespeare?
ROLAND EMMERICH: It's been eight years I've been trying to do this project. It was always supposed to be my next movie but this time I'm really doing it because I'm already set to shoot on March 22nd and I'm the casting process right now which for me is the most kind of nerve-racking because you have to make decisions. And I start shooting in four or five days the first plates in England.
What is it about?
EMMERICH: It's about how it came to be that William Shakespeare was not the author of his plays. It's not [Christopher] Marlowe, it's [Edward] de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford. It's kind of like a political thriller. It's about who will succeed Elizabeth and the cause of that thriller, the Essex Rebellion, we take on, and we learn how the plays were written by somebody else.
With Isaac Asimov's Foundation, series, how do you plan to handle such a large mythology? Will it be an original take or a literal adaptation?
EMMERICH: Well I was interested in Asimov before and I think with I, Robot they changed everything and fans kind of hated the movie so I didn't want to do that. On the other end, The Foundation, is a similar problem in that you have all these short stories and then they were combined into a book and so in a way there is not one character and I spoke with the Rob [Rodat, writer of Saving Private Ryan] and he said we have to consolidate the characters and that's what we did and it worked really, really well in the context and I think if Asimov would have conceived this as a science fiction trilogy or series from the very beginning, he would have done that too but he didn't so I think in spirit it's totally Foundation, but has consolidated characters that go through the three movies.
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