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It must be tough to develop a major movie like the proposed sequel to Independence Day (which is commonly known by the unconfirmed title ID Forever), especially if you aren’t 100 per cent sure that your original film’s star (and biggest name) is going to get off the fence and sign up to appear, or not. In Roland Emmerich‘s case the solution is clear, you write two scripts: one featuring Will Smith‘s character, and one that doesn’t. (more…)



Friday Night Lights, The Wire and Fruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan is reportedly under consideration by director Roland Emmerich for a role in his Independence Day follow up: ID Forever, Part 1

The Wrap reports that the actor (who is also being eyed for the new Fantastic Four reboot, AND–allegedly–Star Wars Episode VII) met with Emmerich, who liked him very much. While nothing has yet to be said regarding who Jordan would play, it seems likely he’d take on the role of Dylan–stepson of Will Smith‘s Capt. Steven Hiller (who reportedly will not be returning for the sequels). Emmerich has previously suggested that Dylan would play a major role in the new films, which involve the aliens returning for some payback to an Earth that has been rebuilt with salvaged extraterrestrial technology.

ID Forever, Part 1 is scheduled for release in Summer 2015, though Emmerich has suggested it may get pushed back to 2016, to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Independence Day‘s release.

Source: /Film


Director of the 1994 Stargate movie starring Kurt Russell and James Spader, Roland Emmerich is back to take the Stargate reins in hand with plans to create a trilogy of movies to reboot the entire franchise. Emmerich recently sat down with Digital Spy and laid out that his original plan of a trilogy back in 1996 was nixed by MGM, which decided to take the franchise to television, creating the Stargate shows we’ve all come to know and love.

Take a look at the video below, you can skip to the 46 second mark if you don’t want to know about Will Smith and ID4 plans.

Well it’s to be expected that Kurt Russell and James Spader won’t be back as their original characters with the time between the original movie and now. That doesn’t rule out either of them taking on another role in the movie, although it would most likely be a small role. Emmerich won’t want to confuse viewers any more than he has too with who is the true leads in the movie.

This pretty much kills any hopes fans had of a movie version of Stargate SG-1 or Stargate Atlantis coming to the big screen like Joss Whedon’s Firefly finally managed to do. The good news is that a successful trilogy could spark all kinds of new opportunities for the franchise in the form of television, books, web series etc.

What do you think about this news? Are you happy or bummed out, hopeful or pessimistic?

Via: Digital Spy


It’s been seventeen years since aliens invaded America and were welcomed to “Earf” by the fist of Will Smith and the computer talents of Jeff Goldblum in Roland Emmerich‘s Independence Day. With a sequel, the brilliantly named sequel Independence Day 2, announced this past June you would expect the starring cast to return, but right from the start Emmerich confirmed Smith would not be coming back.

Well, it now appears that Emmerich might have convinced Smith to return. In an interview with Digital Spy, the ID director said he’s arranged a meeting with Smith about hopefully reprising his role in the sequel saying:

“I sometimes say no, Will Smith will not be in it because he didn’t want to do it at first. Now we have a meeting planned, we want to talk about it again. Anything can happen,”

He’s not lying there. Independence day ensured Will’s credit as an action star after his work in Bad Boys and it would be a bit of a shame not to see him return for the sequel. Even if he were to return in a smaller, possible cameo role towards the middle or end of Independence Day 2 it wouldn’t feel right to not have him included.

What do you think of the possible return?

Source: Coming Soon


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, 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:

Sources: /Film, Laughing  Squid



Just when you think the Hollywood is scrapping the bottom of that barrel of movie ideas, a movie like Independence Day, that should have had a sequel or two back in its day, must have been clinging to the barrel’s lid is found and brought back to life. In this case it gets kicked into overdrive when Twentieth Century Fox formally announced plans to make, not one, but TWO ID4 sequels, currently titled ID Forever Part I and Part II.

As director Roland Emmerich promotes his latest production, White House Down, he’s been fielding a ton of questions about the possibility of an Independence Day sequel. Now that the official word has been put out by Fox, Emmerich has this to say about the production and who will and won’t be back:

Will Smith can not come back because he’s too expensive, but he’d also be too much of a marquee name. It would be too much. We have like maybe half of the people that you know would know from the first film and the other half people who are new.

Smith’s co-star Jeff Goldblum has been rumored to be returning to reprise his role, but will fans miss Smith? What others might be coming back and which do you think should be back?

Ar these two films actual sequels or some kind of reboot? Emmerich explained it this way:

“We’re not doing a total reboot, we’re doing something that’s totally unusual.”

Some kind of hybrid mixture of a reboot and sequel, I guess that makes sense to some Hollywood Suit somewhere. What do you think? Can this franchise get kick started without Smith?

Via: Blastr

‘Independence Day 2’ Set for July Long Weekend 2015


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?


Emmerich’s Got Story Ideas for ‘ID4’ Sequel(s)


Can you believe that it’s been almost 20 years since Independence Day taught us the value of American patriotism in the face of near global extinction of the human race? Neither can I. Still, some people seem to think that two decades later, people are still dying to know the rest of the story, and one of those people is ID4 co-writer and director Roland Emmerich.

After telling a more low key story of White House demolition in the upcoming thriller White House Down, Emmerich seems eager to revisit that first time he wrecked the Executive Mansion, and get going on a sequel to Independence Day. While out and about at a film festival recently (and overheard by /Film), Emmerich says that there is a plan for Independence Day 2, and maybe Independence Day 3

“That’s actually what we talked a lot about. The mythology of why did the aliens come in the first place, what is the bigger story of this whole thing? And we talked a lot about swarm intelligence. And [the humans] are individual intelligence. Even though we kill each other and have wars against each other, we have something special. We have this domino human spirit to believe in good and over coming enemies. And it’s a little bit about that and when you get a bigger mythology going, I think then you have the chance to do not only one or two or three but you can create a series and that’s what we want to do.”

Of course, I’m more or less sure that the point of ID4 was famous landmarks exploding, and not the underline motivations and differences between the humans and the aliens, but hey, maybe Emmerich’s got something good cooking. Like in 2012 when the whole Earth is destroyed and everybody dies except all the rich people and John Cusack and his family.

No word on who might star, but look for Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum to be made lucrative offers to return if this thing ever gets past the being endlessly talked about stage.

More news as it develops.

Source: Blastr

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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.

There have been awesome movies based off video and board games over the years, but with the scars of Peter Berg’s Battleship still fresh in our minds the record has kind of slipped. That hasn’t stopped studios from making movies based on games with no adherent plot.

So Universal has decided to beat their dead horse of ideas once again, going back to the well to try and bring early ’80s arcade game Asteroids to the theaters. At one time Roland Emmerich was the potential director with  screenwriters Matt Lopez and Evan Spiliotopoulos set to write. Now Universal has hired Jez Butterworth, the playwright who co-wrote Doug Liman’s Fair Game, to take over where Lopez and Spiliotopoulos left off.

The studio still has nobody announced to direct in place of Emmerich, but what about the story? The game itself was all about shooting floating rocks until they got smaller AND SHOOTING THEM AGAIN! The fact that Universal was able to turn a game about naming coordinates on a board into a “blockbuster” still astounds and frightens me.

Universal should just hire Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck, give the ship a fraking drill and call it a franchise.

Source: Variety