Tired of the same old summer fare? Romantic comedies, superheroes, animated animals getting into trouble, and stuff blowing up – they can all be found en masse at your local Cineplex every year during the warmer months. American Ultra, swooping in towards the end of the “popcorn” season, is a movie that may feel both very familiar but oddly foreign at the same time; the film features everything on the list in the previous sentence, but is presented in a highly unorthodox manner. The result is an experience that feels very unique, but definitely won’t ring everyone’s bell.
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 Dayfirst 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. (more…)
With each new casting announcement, we must accept that after almost 20 years, we’re finally going to get that Independence Day sequel that’s been teased at since the original’s patriotically crowd-pleasing end. The year was 1996. America had won the Cold War and the only thing left to fear was death from above in 15-mile wide spaceships. Fortunately, these trying times produced a hero whose stirring rhetoric led a devastated country, and planet, to victory over invanding extra-terrestrials. Now the question is, can he do it again? In an official announcement today, ID4 director Roland Emmerich confirmed that Bill Pullman will be back as President Thomas Whitmore. More importantly though, Judd Hirsch will also return as Jeff Goldblum‘s stubbornly Jewish father Julius Levinson. (more…)
So much for that Ross Bagley comeback you were all counting on… Anyway, casting news! Everyday it seems that we’re actually going to be getting that long (and long and long) anticipated sequel toIndependence Day, and nothing says “This is finally going to be a thing,” like casting news. It’s been a busy day for Independence Day 2casting, which is strong sign because shooting will likely have to begin on the film before summer in order to meet its pre-determined Summer 2016 release date. Sadly, there’s no reason for Ross Bagely to get excited though, for his part, the pivotal role of Will Smith‘s character’s stepson from the first film, will now be played by an entirely new actor. (more…)
In a case of classic sibling rivalry, it seems that from Liam Hemsworth‘s point of view, if his big brother is going to save the world from aliens, then he’s going to get his chance too. Hemsworth, the younger brother ofThor star Chris Hemsworth, is the latest rumored cast addition to the sequel of the alien invasion, landmark exploding, 1996 hit from Roland Emmerich. Much of the casting speculation has had to do with returning cast members, who would be back for another go after surviving the first invasion in Independence Day, but with Will Smith reportedly sitting out the next chapter, the film will need a new fighter jock hunk to lead the charge when the aliens return, and it’s hard to get hunkier than a Hemsworth. (more…)
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. (more…)
After nearly twenty years, Independence Day, the 1996 blockbuster that–love it or hate it–helped define the big budget effects driven popcorn sci-fi flick subgenre, is set to begin filming.
Cameras will begin rolling next year, according to the L.A. Times. Roland Emmerich will return to direct, along with production partner Dean Devlin (Robin to Emmerich‘s Batman). And while Will Smith will apparently not be reprising his role as Captain Steven Hiller, Emmerich has confirmed, in an interview with Movies.com, that both Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman will be returning. Both actors have previously expressed interest in doing an Independence Day sequel, and although Will Smith has not, Emmerich still hopes he can convince him to at least do a cameo. This seems reasonable, as his character’s stepson apparently has an important role in the new film.
The plot seems pretty straightforward: It’s 20 years later, Humanity has managed to rebuild after the devastation caused by the invaders, helped by alien technology scavenged and engineered from the wreckage of their ships. All seems well, until a new mothership shows up, looking for a little payback…
But that’s just the beginning: Emmerich has stated previously that this sequel will be only the first chapter in an entire series of at least three films–possibly more.
Um…good luck with that, I guess.
Anyhoo, Independence Day 2 is scheduled for release on July 3, 2015.
We’ll see if anyone even remembers it’s coming out once Star Wars: Episode VII opens.
It’s too late to stop it now, but here’s 7 minutes (why they say 6 or less, I don’t know) of very good (and hilarious) reasons why a movie like Independence Day should NOT get a sequel.
If we’re lucky, they might at least put a stop to Emmerich‘s pipe dream of a film series:
Maybe we naysayers need to walk back some of our previous comments about an Independence Day sequel never happening because Twentieth Century Fox has gone and penciled in a release date of July 3, 2015 for Independence Day 2, exactly 19 years to the day of the release of the original alien invasion hit.
Well played, Fox. You’ve been building up the hype for this for a couple of months now with announcements that Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin have had a breakthrough on the script and were looking to begin production soon. The announcement of a release date can be taken a couple of ways, either production is close to getting underway, or the studio hopes to light a fire under the production team with the pendulum doom of a release date. Of course, Fox might just be staking out real estate. For a film called “Independence Day,” setting up on the July 4th long weekend is a no-brainer.
No word on who might be involved cast-wise, but the rumor mill says that Bill Pullman will be back as President Tom Whitmore. The mill is somewhat less firm on the possible return of Will Smith as Air Force Captain Hiller and Jeff Goldblum as computer hacker David Levinson.
What do you Bastards think, looking forward to another Independence Day barbeque, so to speak?
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!
It had been a while since we heard anything, I was thinking maybe they forgot… Maybe it was all just a crazy nightmare and it was never real to begin with. Then some blabbermouth went and told Vulture that the plan is set for not one, but two sequels to 1996’s Independence Day. Oh goodie, all those loose ends and unblown up landmarks from the first one can finally be addressed.
Word is that director Roland Emmerich and his writing partner Dean Devlin are putting the finishing touches on a pair of screenplays, with both movies being independent of each other but tying into the ID4 trilogy. As this nameless insider put it “They’re intended to be fulfilling movies onto themselves, you could see each separately and enjoy them, but they tell one big story.” Hold on there Mr. Anonymous McGee, ‘fulfilling’ and ‘enjoy’ are not the words that come to mind when I think of the first one, so Emmerich and Devlin better be writing the bejebus out of these.
Of course, the question on everyone’s mind is ‘why god, why are you letting this happen, can’t we have an earthquake or a hurricane instead?” – Oh fine, well that’s MY question, the real one being “will Will Smith be back?” The answer? Maybe, but if he’s not, the movies go ahead without him. The (former) Fresh Prince is asking for a $50 Million dollar payday to make the movies. Couple that with Emmerich’s own hefty price tag, Fox studios is having a small issue with what can be a massive budget. If they can’t or won’t pay Smith his blood money, the studio is prepared to make them without him.
Apparently Bill Pullman will return, makes sense. Saving the whole world from aliens probably really helps are president get re-elected.