Roland Emmerich | Roland Emmerich laments the impact of the coronavirus on Moonfall

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Roland Emmerich says the coronavirus pandemic meant “Moonfall” had to be lightened up.

The 66-year-old filmmaker helmed the upcoming sci-fi flick and revealed that making the film during the global health crisis was driving up costs and meant parts of the project had to be cut.

Roland told ComicBook.com: “I survived the pandemic which naturally was a problem for us because all of a sudden there was 5.6 million extra costs. So we had to cut a bit the movie. But, we never ever 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 the movie more or less in 61 days. I didn’t have second unit. These days, I’m just kind of doing everything on my own, and having fun doing it. Yeah. And then we even cut three, four or five days.”

The film features a star-studded cast that includes Halle Berry and Patrick Wilson, but Roland insists the roles weren’t created with specific actors in mind.

The ‘Independence Day’ director said, “No, we didn’t actually write for anyone. I always had a secret flame in mind, Patrick Wilson. Then we thought, ‘Oh, that would be cool to having Halle Berry in the movie.

“It was the first two. Then John Bradley. I just had a good Zoom call with him. And from that point on he was my favorite.”

Meanwhile, Roland previously opened up about how he regretted doing the 2016 film ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ – a sequel to ‘Independence Day’ – after star Will Smith pulled out so he could star in ‘Suicide Squad. “.

He said: “I just wanted to do a movie exactly like the first one, but in the middle of production Will pulled out because he wanted to do ‘Suicide Squad’.

“I should have stopped making the movie because we had a much better script, so I had to tinker with another script very quickly.

“I should have said no because all of a sudden I was doing something I blamed myself for: a sequel.”

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