Ed’s let­ter

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It’s been two decades since Roland em­merich blew up the white house (well, yes, he also blew it up in White House Down rather a lot, but there’s al­ways some­thing spe­cial about the first time, right?). and it was quite some­thing to see back in 1996 in In­de­pen­dence Day. since then, the world has changed im­mea­sur­ably. I’m not talk­ing hover boards and ro­bots rul­ing the world, but threats we never fore­saw, and a cli­mate in which a man like don­ald trump is a real, no-we’re-not-kid­ding con­tender for the house we pre­vi­ously men­tioned. and the world of film has changed in step. From sub­ject mat­ter, to film­mak­ing tech­niques and the pos­si­bil­i­ties of VFX, movies have never been more full of po­ten­tial — and, yes, po­ten­tial chal­lenges.

how a direc­tor like em­merich responds to and uses this when craft­ing fol­low-up In­de­pen­dence Day: Resur­gence is fas­ci­nat­ing, and we got our first peek at the re­sults when we went on set with the man him­self. Read about it on p.62 as we bring you ev­ery sin­gle thing you will ever need to know about the film.

but this is only the start of our sci-fi-bo­nanza: the Em­pire team and I locked our­selves in a bunker to draw up the 50 great­est sci-fi mo­ments in film and tele­vi­sion. It was lively, to say the least, and one per­son who shall re­main name­less al­most ended up in a par­al­lel uni­verse. but we did it. now it’s your turn: vi­o­lently dis­agree? then what are you do­ing read­ing this?! tell us, on our Face­book page, or tweet us @em­piremagazine.

and we’re still not done: as a treat, we in­vited em­merich to guest-edit our web­site for five days, a first for em­pire­on­line.com. Go to our home­page from June 13 to see the re­sults.

It’s not all space­ships and in­ter­plan­e­tary warfare this is­sue, though. steven spiel­berg in­vited us to spend time dis­cussing one of his most chal­leng­ing films to date, The BFG; we bring you the first look at michael Fass­ben­der in As­sas­sin’s Creed, and we pay trib­ute to Prince with a look at the frankly bonkers mak­ing of Pur­ple Rain. a true artist be­lieves they’re ca­pa­ble of any­thing and Prince, well, they don’t come much more true than him.

see you next month!

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