Roland Emmerich was born November 10, 1955 in Stuttgart at the family of wealthy entrepreneurs. After graduating from high school, he enrolled at the Munich Film and Television School, where he studied film direction. In 24 years as a student, he made his debut film – a black and white short film 'The Frenchman'. In 1984, the graduation work Emmerich, sci-fi picture "Flight of the universe '(the German name – Das Arche Noah Prinzip) became the most high budget student film in the the history of cinema, it was spent over 1 million German marks. 'The principle of' open Berlin Film Festival contest show in 1984 and was named among the contenders for the main prize – 'Golden Bear'. Success Emmerich's debut film, which bought the rights to film distributors 20 countries, allowed the director to establish his own production company 'Centropolis Films'. After the relative success of English-language film 'Joey (Coming into contact)' o Teenager who come into contact with his dead father, and partly shot on American money, Emmerich moved to Hollywood.
Here he takes on the films Spielberg pastiche 'Hollywood monsters' of ghosts inhabiting the old house in the Hollywood hills, and fantastic action movie 'Luna-44' – a space colony of criminals. The film "Universal Soldier" was the beginning of many years of collaboration with Emmerich's Hollywood producer Dean Devlin. Plot of the film revolves around an elite unit of soldiers of the U.S. Army, whose body been stolen from the battlefield during combat in Vietnam. After decades of military technology revived elite dead with the latest biotechnology, turning them into cyborgs – ideal fighters with modern terrorism. Like the film 'Robot cop' Paul Verhoeven on similar plot, the film 'Universal Soldier' had a significant success at the box office (at a cost of $ 20 million in the U.S. film has paid off more than five times) and spawned a series of films sequels.