Can you believe it’s been 16 years since Independence Day came out? Watching it on AMC last week it seems so quaint now, so innocent. Of course, it was probably the fact that AMC was running the flick ad nauseam last week that gave writer/producer Dean Devlin the idea to start stirring up sequel talk again.
Devlin recently talked to The Hollywood Reporter about re-uniting with ID4 director Roland Emmerich, who he hasn’t collaborated with in 10 years, about getting back into an alien invasion frame of mind. The genre’s never been hotter, so maybe they want to strike while the iron’s hot. But seriously, why now, Dean?
“We resisted doing the sequel for years because we still wanted to honor the first one,” says Devlin. “The first one gave us all careers and we really love that movie and loved the experience. We didn’t want to make a movie because it was financially a good idea, we only wanted to do it when we had an idea and a concept that creatively felt like it honored the first one–that it felt like an organic sequel as opposed to ‘let’s just go make some more money.'”
I suppose that makes sense, Independence Day grew organically from Star Wars, War of the Worlds and disaster movies of the 70s, so Devlin’s assertion that the sequel idea just kind of happened makes sense.
“I feel like we got it. I think it took a long time, but I feel like we finally got something that really feels like, ‘that’s worth seeing as a sequel to Independence Day.'”
So when might this sequel start getting underway. Ain’t nobody from the first film getting any younger you know…
“We’re beginning a long process of talking to everybody,” Devil said. “We’ll just have to see what happens.”
And apparently, 3 TV spin-offs and 2 TV movies isn’t enough to drown Devlin’s interest in doing his own sequel to Stargate, the 1994 movie he co-wrote with Emmerich that spawned nearly 400 hours of television beloved by fans the world over. Since only Devlin knows what’s best of Stargate he’s still like to go full speed ahead and realize his Stargate trilogy.
“Stargate has always had this empty hole,” Devlin said. “When we made the first one, we always intended on doing part two and three, and we were prevented for years. And our hope is that we can get another chance at Stargate and tell the entire story we wanted to tell.”
Funny, you never heard Robert Altman talk about going back and undoing all the damage wrought by Alan Alda and his ilk.
More news as it (or if it) develops.