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Roland Emmerich announces plans for Battle of Midway movie

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Roland Emmerich‘s next movie is doing away with his usual sci-fi touches and instead depicting a crucial naval battle in U.S. history. Prior to a 20th anniversary screening of his 1996 film Independence Day on Tuesday night, Emmerich announced that he is planning a film adaptation of the Battle of Midway, EW has confirmed.

The 1942 battle was a critical win for the U.S. against Japan during World War II: Six months after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, codebreakers from the United States were able to ascertain the specifics of Japan’s next attack in the Pacific and successfully ambushed their ships.

A war drama based on the historical battle is an interesting choice for Emmerich, who is known for producing blockbuster sci-fi epics like Independence DayThe Day After TomorrowGodzilla, and 2012, but the director told EW at the Independence Day panel that he’s looking to do something different after Independence Day sequel Resurgence hits theaters June 24. 

“I don’t want to say I won’t do a third part, but it’s not in the forefront of my interest,” he said of the series. “I kind of want to do my next movie as something original because I love original movies.”