There’s an old saying about the sometimes impossibly long development process in Hollywood, a movie isn’t really in production until it delivers its first piece of official marketing. Actually, I made that up. But it’s been almost 20 years since Independence Day first hit theaters, and after numerous fits and starts over the years, when it comes to expectations for a sequel, we have to see it to believe it. Well, now you can see it. Above and below. In a late night release, 20th Century Fox is dropping its first pieces of art work for Independence Day 2, or make that Independence Day Resurgence.
Resurgence, huh? According to Roland Emmerich, the film’s co-writer, co-producer and director, the title refers to a resurgent world, one that arose from the ashes, united, following the alien invasion in the first Independence Day, apparently referred to in the film by the equally uninspired name the War of ’96. Judgement Day was taken, you see.
Emmerich revealed the title as part of a live streaming event put on by Fox and broadcast from the set of the film earlier this evening. Emmerich was joined by film stars Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner, Liam Hemsworth, Jesse Usher, Maika Monroe, and Sela Ward for a Q&A about Resurgence.
So what did the event reveal about the film? Well, you can watch it for yourself below, but amongst some of the nuggets was that there’s a moon base! The set that the event filmed on was part of the moon base, built thanks to the hydridization of alien and Earth technology. Also, Goldblum revealed that his character David Levinson is the director of Earth Space Defense, former President Bill Pullman will have a beard, and new President Sela Ward promises that her Commander-in-Chief will be tougher, more decisive and more ready to use force in defense of our planet than Pullman’s ex-President Whitmore. Check out the full event for yourself below:
Here’s the full teaser for the title (sorry, it’s not more impressive the second time):
And finally, here are a couple of more shots from the set:
Independence Day Resurgence will be in theaters everywhere on June 24, 2016.
Source: Twentieth Century Fox