Sequels are a thing. They’re popular, earn studios a lot of money, and the notion isn’t going away any time soon. The sooner you come to accept that, the less angry you’ll feel when all your favorite films soon find themselves part of a series, a franchise, or worse, some “shared universe.” I’m not saying your rage isn’t warranted, but if you come to terms with the inevitability of shoddy sequels you’ll likely be less stressed out and maybe live longer. We here at Nerd Bastards are just looking out for you, man.
Having prefaced this article with an urging to get yourself in zen-like state of mind, here’s the scoop: That Independence Day sequel? Y’know, ID Forever or ID4-ever or whatever? It’s getting a rewrite.
Deadline broke the news yesterday that FOX has tapped Carter Blanchard to rewrite the Independence Day 2 script. The first draft was written by the film’s director, Roland Emmerich with producer, Dean Devlin. It’s since gone through rewrites from James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider-Man), meaning Blanchard is working on the script’s third rewrite.
Admittedly, this isn’t the most promising news for the sequel. And where on the one hand a rewrite could indicate FOX’s willingness to give an Independence Day sequel its best shot, the fact that Blanchard doesn’t boast all that many credits doesn’t have me brimming with confidence. Blanchard is currently working on adapting Mark Millar’s Kindergarten Heroes for FOX and just finished a draft for Spyhunter, a Warner Bros. film with Ruben Fleischer directing.
This isn’t the first rocky patch Independence Day 2 has been through, either. First there was the news Will Smith would not be returning, and without its main star the draw of a sequel is already lessened. Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum are supposedly returning, but in what capacity is unclear.
Then again, maybe a fresh outlook is just what would make an Independence Day 2 worthwhile. Perhaps Emmerich and Devlin’s treatment, even with rewrites from Vanderbilt, simply wasn’t coming together as FOX has wished for the 20 years later sequel.
How are feeling about an Independence Day sequel? Can a rewrite be good news?
Independence Day 2 is expected to release on July 1st, 2016.