Twentieth Century Fox was so eager to get a new Independence Day in front of our eyes that they crammed it into an already busy summer schedule by wedging it in to open on July 3rd, 2015. But now, perhaps sensing that they were rushing things, or perhaps sensing that opening somewhere between Avengers: Age of Ultron and Batman Vs Superman was a miscalculation, Fox is pushing back the long-in-the-works alien invasion sequel to 2016.
The new release date for Independence Day 2 (Or ID4-Ever if you like) is July 1st, 2016. First of all, that’s Canada Day, but let’s not split that hair. Secondly, being released that weekend will let the ID4 sequel mark the 20th anniversary of the release of first Independence Day movie in style. And thirdly, ID4-2 will come out on the eve of the 24oth anniversary of the actual Independence Day! You know, the one where the 13 colonies declared their independence from the British Empire… History, you see!
But as Fox fidgets with the release date, director Roland Emmerich toils on developing the film’s screenplay. Perhaps the schedule adjustment will finally allow either Will Smith, or Chronicle’s Michael B. Jordan to sign on the dotted line for the project. Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum are more or less presumed to be locks for a return engagement, but Smith’s been a question mark. Does one year make a difference to the actor’s schedule? I guess we’ll see.
Or maybe, in a crowded summer 2015 marketplace, including a perhaps ill-advised head-to-head match-up with Paramount’s rebooted Terminator, Fox did the smart thing and laid claim to 2016 early. More news as it develops.
Source: Geek Tyrant