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Independence Day Sequel Gets 2015 Release Date
UPDATE: Roland Emmerich says no Will Smith

23 June 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Box Office Mojo

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UPDATE: Emmerich has been talking about the plans once more to Collider and now says that  despite he and Dean Devlin mapping out two sequels, Fox appears happier making one for now and judging the demand for another based on that movie's results. He's also claiming that Will Smith won't be back because he's too expensive and too much of a marquee name. 


Back in March, Roland Emmerich kept the fires of hope in the hearts of Independence Day fans stoked with word that he was continuing to work on not one but two sequels to the original. 20th Century Fox has now set July 3, 2015 as the date for at least the first of those planned new movies.

Of course, having a date means very little if there’s no cast locked down and no movie made. But it’s a very clear sign that at least one of the films – apparently named ID Forever Parts One and Two – will step blinking into the projector’s light within a couple of years.

So far, concrete details on the plot or possible actor involvement are hard to come by, with Bill Pullman insisting he’ll be back and no word on whether Will Smith wants to return as hotshot pilot Steven Hiller. Might After Earth’s disappointing showing at the box office nudge him into the job?

Emmerich will be doing promotion for White House Down soon, so we expect him to begin discussing his ideas for the new Independence Day. Whether his latest chat about the alien race following up a distress call from the original mother ship and facing down a technologically advanced human race pans out remains to be seen.

Also planned for the date is an untitled Illumination Entertainment / Universal project, which means the Despicable Me producers could be going head-to-head with a live-action behemoth. Fox has slotted in Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children in on July 31 the same year and that one is currently sitting pretty alone.

White House Down, meanwhile, arrives on September 6.

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Hello Boys, I'm Back...
Will Smith cannot come back because he’s too expensive, but he’d also be too much of a marquee name. No - The real reason is that Will Smith only does movies with kid in tow, which in turn has caused his last film to bomb, and he isn't a marquee name any more - he is a kiss of death on your movie. Too busy getting his Big Willy up his ass at the moment as well..... More

Posted by spamfiend at 18:54 on 24 June 2013 | Report This Post

Oh Gawd
Please no Randy Quaids and Judd Hirschs please or any other cringe inducing exchanges between characters for example "I ain't 'eard the fat lady", "You look like a Schameel", "We're communicating!!", "Ok mr alien time for payback", "Upyours", smokes cigar "I could get use to this", "Thats what I call a close encounter", "Oh I gotta call my lawyer, nah forget my lawyer"... I haven't watched the movie since the 90' More

Posted by klepto4 at 17:12 on 24 June 2013 | Report This Post

Leave I(D4)t Be
My reading of Independence Day has always been it's a self-contained event movie; alien fleet arrives, alien fleet attacks, survivors fight back and win. The End. Given their entire - ultimately defeated - race was along for the carnage (President Whitmore learns of this via a brief psychic link with the Area 51 specimen), how can there be scope for two sequels anyway? More

Posted by Litshttam at 22:12 on 22 June 2013 | Report This Post

I quit working at shoprite to work online and with a little effort I easily bring in around $45 to 85 per/h. Without a doubt this is the easiest and most financially rew. job I've ever had. I actually started 6 months ago and this has totally changed my life. Here's what I do - Going1. com___ More

Posted by Flar1976 at 06:34 on 22 June 2013 | Report This Post

I quit working at shoprite to work online and with a little effort I easily bring in around $45 to 85 per/h. Without a doubt this is the easiest and most financially rew. job I've ever had. I actually started 6 months ago and this has totally changed my life. Here's what I do - Going1. com___ More

Posted by Flar1976 at 06:33 on 22 June 2013 | Report This Post

Welcome to earf!
Who wants this sequel anyway? Are they going to wipe out the alien attackers again with a computer virus? More

Posted by kielerkai at 21:45 on 21 June 2013 | Report This Post

YES!!!!! oh wait Jaden Smith is still alive :(
best news iv heard in a long time till i realise that He had a son in the first film didnt he........'hello Jaden welcome to independence day 2!' NOOOOOOOOO not another classic for him to take a massive shit on :( More

Posted by flashycactus13 at 17:17 on 21 June 2013 | Report This Post

Like father like son
Just offer Jaden a part and Will will sign on the dotted line. he seems to be all about the child promotion these days. More

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Pancake Tuesday! More

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