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Remember back at the beginning of the year when everyone was excited about Independence Day: Resurgence? Yeah, a lot of us drank the kool-aid on that one. At the same time, Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin saw that excitement and decided it was worthwhile to further revisit their past, and reboot Stargate the right way that had nothing to do with that TV show that stole all their thunder. Of course, since the Independence Day sequel bombed we’ve heard nothing about that Stargate reboot, and now it seems we never will. The plug has officially been pulled, according to Devlin himself. (more…)


It’s happening! It’s really happening! I didn’t believe it until I saw the picture below, but after nearly 20 years of watching, and waiting, and discussion, and rumor, filming on Independence Day 2 is finally underway. Picking up some 20 years after the original, ID4-2 will reunite many members of the cast of the first film with an eager group of brand new actors in order to fight the next wave of alien scum ready to invade the Earth. Obviously, spoilers and details are scarce in what’s actually a celebratory reunion picture of producer Dean Devlin and his star Jeff Goldblum, but for those that cynically thought this day would never come, it’s proof: This is actually happening! (more…)


Ever since the SyFy channel unceremoniously cancelled Stargate Universe a couple of years ago, fans have been clamoring for more trips through the ‘gate to brand new worlds and to seek out new human life living like cultures gone for thousands of years…. But I don’t think this is what they wanted. However, the slings and arrows of franchise management are outside the control of mom and pop sci-fi nerds, and because a brand name is a brand name is a brand name, Stargate will be rebooted. At least an attempt will be made anyway. The endeavor is one step closer now though as news has reached the interweb that a pair of screenwriters have been hired to pen the franchise reboot. (more…)


Fresh off his award-eligible role in Law & Order: Civil Asset Forfeiture Unit,” Jeff Goldblum recently talked about the status of the Independence Day sequel and his part in it. It feels like it’s been a while since we heard anything about the follow-up to the nearly 20 year old alien invasion blockbuster, and maybe that’s a good thing. Still, there must be some kind of interest in seeing more ID4, and that’s why we keeping talking about it, and when you get a key player like Goldblum cornered, you’re obviously going to take the opportunity. So what of it, Goldblum? What’s the story with Independence Day Part 2: Independence Harder? (more…)


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. (more…)


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?


Producer of Independence Day, Roland Emmerich, made it known a while back that he hates 3D films.  He is just not a fan.

But now it turns out that Independence Day will be 3D-ified on July 3, 2013 for the big weekend in the US of A.  And Fox is planning to release the sequels in 3D, as well, although they’ll be shot in 2D and converted in post-production.

This is, of course, contingent on whether or not the sequels actually become a thing.  It’s rather iffy right now given that the producers are apparently in a “tough battle” between the studio and the actors.

Dean Devlin, the writer-producer of these upcoming projects, name-dropped them a while back.  The sequels will be called ID Forever: Part One and ID Forever: Part Two.  With names like that, they’ll definitely be super lovable films…

The thing that really hit me about the movie is how much love there is in it: between the characters; that the filmmakers had making it; that the cast had for each other. As we’re approaching a sequel we’re focusing on that aspect of it. Because I think that was really the key as to why it worked for everyone. It was loveable.

I guess we’ll just have to see.  Apparently loveable is the new exciting.

Source: Multiple sources via Bleeding Cool

Can you believe it’s been 16 years since Independence Day came out? Watching it on AMC last week it seems so quaint now, so innocent. Of course, it was probably the fact that AMC was running the flick ad nauseam last week that gave writer/producer Dean Devlin the idea to start stirring up sequel talk again.

Devlin recently talked to The Hollywood Reporter about re-uniting with ID4 director Roland Emmerich, who he hasn’t collaborated with in 10 years, about getting back into an alien invasion frame of mind. The genre’s never been hotter, so maybe they want to strike while the iron’s hot. But seriously, why now, Dean?

“We resisted doing the sequel for years because we still wanted to honor the first one,” says Devlin. “The first one gave us all careers and we really love that movie and loved the experience. We didn’t want to make a movie because it was financially a good idea, we only wanted to do it when we had an idea and a concept that creatively felt like it honored the first one–that it felt like an organic sequel as opposed to ‘let’s just go make some more money.'”

I suppose that makes sense, Independence Day grew organically from Star Wars, War of the Worlds and disaster movies of the 70s, so Devlin’s assertion that the sequel idea just kind of happened makes sense.

“I feel like we got it. I think it took a long time, but I feel like we finally got something that really feels like, ‘that’s worth seeing as a sequel to Independence Day.'”

So when might this sequel start getting underway. Ain’t nobody from the first film getting any younger you know…

“We’re beginning a long process of talking to everybody,” Devil said. “We’ll just have to see what happens.”

And apparently, 3 TV spin-offs and 2 TV movies isn’t enough to drown Devlin’s interest in doing his own sequel to Stargate, the 1994 movie he co-wrote with Emmerich that spawned nearly 400 hours of television beloved by fans the world over. Since only Devlin knows what’s best of Stargate he’s still like to go full speed ahead and realize his Stargate trilogy.

Stargate has always had this empty hole,” Devlin said. “When we made the first one, we always intended on doing part two and three, and we were prevented for years. And our hope is that we can get another chance at Stargate and tell the entire story we wanted to tell.”

Funny, you never heard Robert Altman talk about going back and undoing all the damage wrought by Alan Alda and his ilk.

More news as it (or if it) develops.

Source: Blastr