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…)
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…)
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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
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?
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?
While there’s probably not too many of you out there that remember seeing the 1969 western, The Wild Bunch in the theaters, some of you may have caught this classic film since then. Well, brace yourselves, cause it looks like this is next on the list of things to make more money with in Hollywood. A remake is coming and Will Smith wants to both star in it and help produce it.
They’ve been working on this one for a couple or so years already, though it’s really been going nowhere. With Smith interested, that’s likely to change. It is, however, a contemporary remake, so purists please turn your heads away now and cry your single tear of grief.
The original story, set in 1913, follows a group of aging outlaws that want to do some crimes despite the fact that they live in a west that isn’t so wild any more. The new incarnation, if rumors are to be believed, is about a DEA agent that gathers up some buddies and sets out to rob a Mexican drug lord. We’ll see how that goes over.
Thanks to GeekTyrant for the heads-up.
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.
Will Smith – you love him or you hate him or you think he’s just okay. But whatever your opinion on the man, he doesn’t look to be shutting down his movie career anytime soon. As a matter of fact, he’s brought his son along for the ride, so we get a double dose of Smithy-ness with every other flick! The latest project for this duo happens to be After Earth, the tale of a planet long abandoned, a crash landing by a father and son and the adventure that takes place as the pair try to get the hell out of there alive.
We’ve already had a chance to see a trailer for the show, but now we get a look at the first TV advert. Check it out below:
If it looks delicious, make sure to get full helping of the Smith-burger when After Earth comes to theaters on June 7th.
Thanks to Comingsoon for the heads-up.
The newest M. Night Shyamalan flick, After Earth, is getting ready to hit theaters this summer. Starring Will Smith and his actor son, Jaden Smith as the main two characters, After Earth is a classic space-man vs. wild story. The father and son duo end up stranded on the future version of Earth, about 1000 years past the point of human migration away from the damaged rock. Now, the planet has gone feral and they must figure out a way to survive and escape.
The second trailer for After Earth has just been released and you can check it out below:
The basic plot synopsis is as follows:
A crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home.
Check it out when it hits theaters June 7th.
Thanks to /film for the heads-up.