Way back in the year of 1996, a little film by the name of Independence Day came to theaters. Some you may remember this oft-forgotten flick, mostly because it made freakin’ millions of dollars and was one of the biggest movies of its time. Featuring a tried-and-true formulaic script involving aliens trying to take over the world and human beings subsequently beating them, a sequel to the film, Independence Day Forever, has been rumored almost since the original was first released. And it looks like they may finally be about ready to get started, at least if Bill Pullman is to be believed.
Pullman, who played the U.S. Prez in the original flick, had a few things to say about the upcoming project in an interview with Crave Online. In addition to confirming his involvement, he also talked a bit about…
When it should begin production:
Within a year, yeah, something like that I guess. I worried about taking this part because it’s heating up. I thought, ‘I don’t know if I should do the comedy’ and I talked to Dean [Devlin] and Roland [Emmerich] and they said, “No, do it. We’ll work around it. If it goes, we’ll work around it.”
Whether he’ll have to take some time off from his current 1600 Penn television paycheck:
Well, I don’t know if it needs to be hiatus. I think they’re willing to work around shooting.
And about his and Will Smith’s (potential) involvement:
The Will Smith part of it may be ongoing but I think there’s strategies for both. I like what I have to do in both of them. I’m not in an old age home in a wheelchair being wheeled out for one more moment. It’s a very interesting conception of what happens to Whitmore between then and when it picks back up.
I can’t say I was a fan of the original, but there will certainly be plenty of people happy to hear that ID2 is finally looking like a real thing. So prepare for yet another dose of alien vs. human action-packed mid-grade cinema!
Thanks to ScreenRant for the heads-up.