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Because there were so many unanswered questions at the end of the original Independence Day, there’s a serious outcry from the masses for a sequel to that 1996 blockbuster.  Or there’s also the possibility that execs just want to rake in huge piles of cash like they did before.  Either way, they’re working on more – two in fact.  The new flicks are tentatively titled Independence Day Forever, Parts I and II.  In a recent interview, director of the first movie and the sequels, Roland Emmerich dropped some knowledge on what to expect from these new additions to what will now be a franchise.

The general gist of it is the aliens that humankind thrashed in the first flick sent out a distress call to their buddies back in alien-homeworld-land.  The movie starts 20 years later and this new wave of baddies has shown up to mess shit up yet again.

According to Emmerich:

The humans knew that one day the aliens would come back. And they know that the only way you can really travel in space is through wormholes. So for the aliens, it could take two or three weeks, but for us that’s 20 or 25 years.

He also talked a bit about the new Earth and how it’s changed over the years:

It’s a changed world. It’s like parallel history. [Humans] have harnessed all this alien technology. We don’t know how to duplicate it because it’s organically-grown technology, but we know how to take an antigravity device and put it in a human airplane

And mentioned some of what to expect from characters and casting:

It’s still some of the same characters, but also new younger characters; it’s a little bit like the sons take over. The first one ends on a little success, but only enough to give the humans hope. And then in the second one they free themselves again [from the aliens].

So far it looks like Bill Pullman is ready to return, though Will Smith hasn’t said anything yet.  The scripts are both done and undergoing a rewrite courtesy of Amazing Spider-Man writer, James Vanderbilt.

So is there anyone out there who is actually eager to see Independence Day make a return to theaters?  Or is it just a case of Emmerich and friends smelling the money at the end of the rainbow?


Thanks to /film for the heads-up.

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