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Roland Emmerich's still working on them

27 March 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Entertainment Weekly

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Independence Day

The further we get away from the original 1996 release of Independence Day, the less it seems likely that Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin will realise their dream of bringing not one, but two sequels to the world. Still, neither of them has given up, and now Emmerich, out doing early press for his new action thriller White House Down, wants us all to know that progress is being made.

According to Emmerich, the sequels – called ID Forever Part I and Part II – would be set 20 years after the original, when the alien reinforcements summoned by a distress call finally arrive after making the long, wormhole-assisted journey to our planet. They are, somewhat naturally, pissed off about the destruction of their first wave. Which ignites a new battle for the Earth and a big cliffhanger. “The first one ends on a little success, but only enough to give the humans hope,” he tells Entertainment Weekly. “And then in the second one they have to free themselves again.”

In the time since the nasty extra-terrestrials took out landmarks and killed hundreds of thousands, humanity has not been complacent. We’ve been trying to adapt. “It’s a changed world. It’s like parallel history,” says Emmerich. “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.”

As for who might show up in the new movies, those details are all still being worked out. Bill Pullman has said he’ll come back, but Will Smith has not yet committed. The director and producer have a plan anyway, with the focus on new characters, including Smith’s stepson from the first film. “It’s still some of the same characters, but also new younger characters; it’s a little bit like the sons take over,” Emmerich says.

Emmerich and Devlin have apparently finished both scripts and handed them over to White House Down writer James Vanderbilt for a polish. The action thriller arrives on September 6. Who wants to bet that Fox would aim to get at least the first ID sequel out in time for the 20th anniversary? 


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Same here...
No Independence Day without the main characters of the first movie. However, I was under the impression that the mothership they blew up in the first movie contained the entire alien race. It was mentioned the alien race moved like locusts from planet to planet and while there is the possibility of more motherships, I thought it ended on that note. More

Posted by DaPiel at 22:16 on 28 March 2013 | Report This Post

Same here...
No Independence Day without the main characters of the first movie. However, I was under the impression that the mothership they blew up in the first movie contained the entire alien race. It was mentioned the alien race moved like locusts from planet to planet and while there is the possibility of more motherships, I thought it ended on that note. More

Posted by DaPiel at 22:00 on 28 March 2013 | Report This Post

'According to Emmerich, the sequels – called ID Forever Part I and Part II – would be set 20 years after the original, when the alien reinforcements summoned by a distress call finally arrive after making the long, wormhole-assisted journey to our planet. ' If the aliens have harnest the use of wornholes why on earth would it take 20 years for them to arrive at earth? The whole point of wormholes is that (theoretically) you can leap from one point in space time to another instant More

Posted by mlavagna at 20:09 on 27 March 2013 | Report This Post

'No' to the youngsters!
If they're worried about older actors not wanting to come back then that's tough tits. No Will, Bill and Jeff ... no ID. If they wanted to turn it into a franchise, they should have done that 15 years ago! It's not the audience's fault if the star system is dying out to make way for ensemble-cast franchises. But I do like the idea of Will as President and I'd have Jeff as an Al Gore pro-environment senator using alien technology to clean up the planet etc. That would be nice context. But please, More

Posted by Nicky C at 11:21 on 27 March 2013 | Report This Post

White House Will!
If its 20 years later, have Will Smith the President and Bill Pullman doing air shows before being drafted into more patriotic dog fights with the alien nasties. Peace? No Peeeaace! More

Posted by FLAPJACK at 09:18 on 27 March 2013 | Report This Post

RE: I love Independence Day...
Cheesy patriotism and a sixpack of beer? hell Yeah Im in. But it must be Goldblum and The Fresh Prince. Or Im out. More

Posted by Overmind at 07:36 on 27 March 2013 | Report This Post

I love Independence Day...
I hope if this happens all the original team (especially Goldblum, Pullman and Big Willie Styles!) return. Not interested in the Ghostbusters3-style young bucks though. More

Posted by partybee at 07:03 on 27 March 2013 | Report This Post

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