While it’s pretty much been a given that Will Smith had no interest in reprising his role in the Independence Day sequel, people’s hopes and dreams persist. Now, we here at Nerd Bastards can proudly crush those dreams with the official news that Smith will not be involved in ID2 in any way, shape or form. And no, it’s not more speculation – this info comes from the mouth of Smith himself. (more…)
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.
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!
Thanks to ScreenRant for the heads-up.