Centropolis Entertainment
Company typePrivate
IndustryMotion Pictures
FoundedJuly 26, 1985; 38 years ago (1985-07-26)
FoundersDean Devlin
Roland Emmerich
Number of locations
Berlin, Germany
Los Angeles, CA, United States
Area served
Key people
Ute Emmerich
Marco Shepherd
Roland Emmerich
DivisionsCentropolis Television

Centropolis Entertainment is a German-American film production company founded in 1985 as Centropolis Film Productions by American film producer Dean Devlin and German film director Roland Emmerich.[1][2] As of 2001, the company is a subsidiary of Das Werk AG.[3][4]


In 1996, Emmerich launched his special effects studio Centropolis Effects to provide VFX effects for its motion pictures. It was shut down in 2001.[5]

In 1997, the studio launched its television division Centropolis Television. Its first production was The Visitor, a show that was aired on Fox.[6]

In 1998, Centropolis stuck a deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment to produce motion pictures for its studio.[7][8]

In the late 1990s, Centropolis' video game division, Centropolis Interactive, published online multiplayer games like Godzilla Online, ID4 Online, Darkness Falls: The Crusade, and Spellbinder: The Nexus Conflict.[9][10]

Dean Devlin, however ultimately left in 2001 in order to form Electric Entertainment. Electric inherited and finished development on the films he developed, including Eight Legged Freaks.[11][12]



Year Title Director Studio Distributor Name
1985 Making Contact Roland Emmerich Pro-ject Filmproduktion
Bisokop Film
Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen
New World Pictures as Centropolis Film Productions
1987 Ghost Chase Pro-ject Filmproduktion
Hessicher Rundfunk
Spectrum Entertainment
Filmverlag der Autoren
1990 Moon 44 Spectrum Entertainment Warner Bros.
1992 Universal Soldier Carolco Pictures
The IndieProd Company
TriStar Pictures
1994 The High Crusade Klaus Knoesel Carolco Pictures Overseas Filmgroup
Stargate Roland Emmerich Carolco Pictures
Le Studio Canal+
1996 Independence Day 20th Century Fox as Centropolis Entertainment
1998 Godzilla Fried Films[13]
Independent Pictures[13]
TriStar Pictures[13][14]
1999 The Thirteenth Floor Josef Rusnak Centropolis Entertainment Columbia Pictures[15][16]
2000 The Patriot Roland Emmerich Mutual Film Company
2002 Eight Legged Freaks Ellory Elkayem Village Roadshow Pictures
Electric Entertainment
Warner Bros. Pictures
2004 The Day After Tomorrow Roland Emmerich The Mark Gordon Company
Lionsgate Films
20th Century Fox
2007 Trade Marco Kreuzpaintner Lionsgate Roadside Attractions
2008 10,000 BC Roland Emmerich Legendary Pictures Warner Bros. Pictures
2009 2012 Columbia Pictures Sony Pictures Releasing as Centropolis
2011 Anonymous Columbia Pictures
Relativity Media
Studio Babelsberg
as Centropolis Entertainment
2013 White House Down Columbia Pictures
Mythology Entertainment
2015 Stonewall Roadside Attractions as Centropolis
2016 Independence Day: Resurgence TSG Entertainment
Electric Entertainment
20th Century Fox as Centropolis Entertainment[17]
2019 Midway Shanghai Ruyi Media

Starlight Culture Entertainment
AGC Studios
Street Entertainment
Entertainment One
Mels Studios

2022 Moonfall AGC Studios
Street Entertainment
Huayi Brothers International
Huayi Tencent Entertainment International
(North America)
AGC International
The Magic Flute Florian Sigl Flute Film
Tobis Film [de]
Tobis Film

TV series

Year Title Creator Studio Networks Notes
1997–1998 The Visitor Roland Emmerich
Dean Devlin
20th Century Fox Television Fox as Centropolis Television
1998–2000 Godzilla: The Series based on Godzilla by:
Toho Co., Ltd.
developed by:
Jeff Kline
Richard Raynis
Adelaide Productions
Columbia TriStar Television
Fox Kids
2024 Those About to Die based on Those About to Die by: Daniel P. Mannix
developed by:
Robert Rodat
AGC Television
High End Productions
Constantin Film
Hollywood Gang Productions
Street Entertainment


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  3. ^ "Profile on Bloomberg". Bloomberg. bloomberg.com. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
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  5. ^ Graser, Marc (2001-01-09). "It's off to Werk for f/x house Centropolis". Variety. Retrieved 2020-05-01.
  6. ^ Rice, Lynette (1997-03-24). "Fox struts its stuff" (PDF). Broadcasting Magazine. Retrieved 2020-05-01.
  7. ^ Cox, Dan (1998-02-19). "Calley sealed Centropolis". Variety. Retrieved 2020-05-01.
  8. ^ Fleming, Michael (1998-02-18). "'Godzilla' duo Devlin, Emmerich ink 3-year SPE pact". Variety. Retrieved 2020-05-01.
  9. ^ Hulsey, Joel (November 10, 1998). "Godzilla Goes Live". Computer Games Magazine. Archived from the original on July 10, 2003. Retrieved August 1, 2022.
  10. ^ "Centropolis Goes Online". IGN. Ziff Davis. 10 April 1999. Retrieved 7 December 2023.
  11. ^ Fleming, Michael (2001-05-04). "Devlin plays new role as Electric man". Variety. Retrieved 2020-05-01.
  12. ^ Fleming, Michael (2001-05-09). "Devlin goes solo, plugs in Electric". Variety. Retrieved 2020-05-01.
  13. ^ a b c "Godzilla (1998)". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on January 30, 2023. Retrieved January 29, 2023.
  14. ^ Stephen Holden (May 19, 1998). "Film Review; So, How Big Is It Again? Sizing Up the Lizard King". The New York Times. Archived from the original on February 2, 2021. Retrieved February 1, 2021.
  15. ^ Gelder, Lawrence Van (May 28, 1999). "'The Thirteenth Floor': Traveling in Cyberspace Can Get a Guy Cyberkilled". The New York Times. Archived from the original on December 4, 2022. Retrieved December 3, 2022.
  16. ^ Mitchell, Elvis (June 28, 2000). "Film Review; A Gentle Farmer Who's Good at Violence". The New York Times. Archived from the original on December 4, 2022. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
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