NewsRoadside Attractions acquires Roland Emmerich’s STONEWALL for theatrical release in the U.S.

Roadside Attractions acquires Roland Emmerich’s STONEWALL for theatrical release in the U.S.

Friday, 10th April 2015

Roadside Attractions has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Centropolis Entertainment’s STONEWALL, written by John Robin Baitz and directed by Roland Emmerich.

Roadside plans a fall release for the independently produced film starring Jeremy Irvine, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ron Perlman and Jonny Beauchamp.  Goldcrest Films is handling the International rights.  

"Roland Emmerich's STONEWALL is an explosive, dramatic story set against one of the monumental events of the twentieth century, The Stonewall Riots," said Roadside Attractions Co-President Howard Cohen.   "Roadside is so proud to bring this stirring film to audiences."

Roland Emmerich said, “I was always interested and passionate about telling this important story, but I feel it has never been more timely than right now.  I am excited to work with Howard, Eric and the team at Roadside to get this film to audiences across the country. They have a unique approach to handling movies like STONEWALL.”

Less than 50 years ago, in 1969, being gay was considered a mental illness.  Gay people could not be employed by the government.  It was illegal for gay people to congregate, and police brutality against gays went unchecked.

STONEWALL is a drama about a fictional young man caught up during the 1969 Stonewall Riots. Danny Winters (Jeremy Irvine) is forced to leave behind friends and loved ones when he is kicked out of his parent’s home and flees to New York. Alone in Greenwich Village, homeless and destitute, he befriends a group of street kids who soon introduce him to the local watering hole The Stonewall Inn; however, this shady, mafia-run club is far from a safe-haven.  As Danny and his friends experience discrimination, endure atrocities and are repeatedly harassed by the police, we see a rage begin to build.  This emotion runs through Danny and the entire community of young gays, lesbians and drag queens who populate the Stonewall Inn and erupts in a storm of anger.  With the toss of a single brick, a riot ensues and a crusade for equality is born.

Written by Jon Robin Baitz, STONEWALL is produced by Roland Emmerich, Michael Fossat, Marc Frydman, and Carsten Lorenz; and executive producers are Kirstin Winkler, Adam Press and Michael Roban.  The film stars Jeremy Irvine (War Horse), Jonny Beauchamp (How to Make It in America), Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men: First Class), Joey King (White House Down) up-and-comers Karl Glusman, Vlademir Alexis, and Alexandre Nachi as well as veteran actor Matt Craven, with Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Match Point, “The Tudors”) and Ron Perlman (Hellboy.)

The STONEWALL creative team includes Director of Photography, Markus Förderer; Production Designer, Michelle Laliberté; Editor Adam Wolfe; and Costume Designer, Simonetta Mariano. The film was shot in and around Montreal, including Lachine and Howick, Quebec.  Roland Emmerich and his production team re-created “the village” in Manhattan circa 1969 in a former train repair facility in Montreal.  The elaborate set included the detailed, authentic recreation of the interior and exterior of the Stonewall Inn and the entire Christopher Street neighborhood. It also featured the largest printed backdrop ever created which added in the final element of the skyline for both daytime and nighttime shots.  During the filming of the riot scenes with over 500 extras in period costumes and the detailed recreation of the neighborhood, stepping onto the set was like taking a time machine back to New York City in the late 60’s.


In just over a decade, ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS films have grossed over $200M and garnered thirteen Academy Award® nominations.  Roadside has released such critical and commercial hits as A Most Wanted Man, Dear White People, The Skeleton Twins, All Is Lost, Mud, Winter’s Bone, The Cove, Arbitrage, Margin Call and Super-Size Me. Its upcoming slate includes Jean-Baptiste Léonetti’s Beyond the Reach starring Academy Award® winner Michael Douglas and Jeremy Irvine; Bill Pohlad’s Love & Mercy starring John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti; and Mr. Holmes, directed by Academy Award® winner Bill Condon and starring Ian McKellen and Laura Linney.


Centropolis Entertainment is the film and television production company of international filmmakers, director/writer/producer Roland Emmerich, and his sister, producer Ute Emmerich. Since the company’s inception in 1985, its 25 films – including Independence Day, Stargate, The Patriot, The Day After Tomorrow, 2012, Godzilla and Anonymous -- have grossed over $3 billion worldwide.  

Centropolis Entertainment is in development on several film and television projects. Those recently announced include: sequels to the blockbuster film, Independence Day; Emergence, a contemporary, science-based alien invasion story; Maya Lord, based on the historical novel about a shipwrecked man enslaved by a Mayan tribe; a six-hour television miniseries based on the life of T.E. Lawrence, also known as “Lawrence of Arabia”; the virtual reality drama series New Angeles and an untitled action thriller set on an arctic dive ship; and the recently announced trilogy reimagining the Stargate universe, based on the 1994 hit film.