Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers in a scene from director Roland Emmerich’s latest big-budget war film, Midway. Turned down by superhero-obsessed Hollywood studios, Emmerich turned to China and Europe for financing. Photo: Reiner Bajo
Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers in a scene from director Roland Emmerich’s latest big-budget war film, Midway. Turned down by superhero-obsessed Hollywood studios, Emmerich turned to China and Europe for financing. Photo: Reiner Bajo

How Chinese finance and Woody Harrelson’s heft saved Midway, war movie by blockbuster director Roland Emmerich that Hollywood studios wouldn’t touch

  • Director of Independence Day, 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow couldn’t interest Hollywood studios in US$100 million World War II film, so he turned to China
  • Woody Harrelson signing on to play admiral who led Pacific Ocean battle persuaded the likes of Dennis Quaid, Patrick Wilson, and Luke Evans to join the cast

Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers in a scene from director Roland Emmerich’s latest big-budget war film, Midway. Turned down by superhero-obsessed Hollywood studios, Emmerich turned to China and Europe for financing. Photo: Reiner Bajo
Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers in a scene from director Roland Emmerich’s latest big-budget war film, Midway. Turned down by superhero-obsessed Hollywood studios, Emmerich turned to China and Europe for financing. Photo: Reiner Bajo
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