Roland Emmerich in Talks to Direct Jon Robin Baitz's STONEWALL

According to Deadline, Roland Emmerich, the man behind such blockbusters as INDEPENDENCE DAY and THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW, is "prepping" to direct playwright Jon Robin Baitz's latest film STONEWALL.

The project is a "drama about a young man's political awakening in the backdrop of the Stonewall riots."

Emmerich is simultaneously working on the sequel to INDEPENDENCE DAY.

Baitz's plays include The Film Society; The Substance of Fire; The End of the Day; Three Hotels; A Fair Country, a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1996;Mizlansky/Zilinsky; Ten Unknowns; and The Paris Letter, as well as a version of Hedda Gabler, which ran on Broadway in 2001. He created Brothers & Sisters, the TV series which ran for five seasons until 2011. Other TV work includes PBS' version of Three Hotels, for which he won the Humanitas Award and episodes of The West Wing and Alias. He is the author of two screenplays, the film script forThe Substance of Fire in 1996 and People I Know in 2002. He is a founding member of Naked Angels Theatre Company and on the faculties of the MFA programs at The New School for Drama and SUNY Stony Brook/ Southampton. His play Other Desert Cities won the Outer Critics Circle Award in 2011.

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