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Will Smith Reportedly Now Out Of Independence Day Sequel
It'll move forward without him... for now

09 February 2014  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

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Welcome, one and all to the never-ending circle of news that is the Independence Day sequel. With a release date set for 2016, we’ve been treated to a seemingly endless round of announcements, speculation and rumours about the blockbuster’s follow-up. The latest? It appears talks with Will Smith have led to a deal and he’s letting Roland Emmerich and co. know that he won’t be part of the film.

Of course, as Deadline reminds us, we’ve been here before: Smith was reportedly interested and then reportedly off the project more than once. But despite the fact that Independence Day helped make him a star, and the fact that he could use a big win following After Earth, he’s just not ready to return as Captain Steven Hiller.

Still, not all is lost. Emmerich and co-writer/producer Dean Devlin have been planning two versions of the new film, setting White House Down’s James Vanderbilt the task of writing two scripts, one that featured Smith’s cocky main man and one without. But both saw the resource-coveting aliens returning for a new assault on mankind, as we fight back with technology reverse-engineered from the ships that originally arrived.

For more from Emmerich about the sequel, take a listen to what he said when he popped into Empire’s Pod booth last year.

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Your Comments

RE: Will Smith seems so out of touch...
Yeah, I actually found Smith to be really annoying and unlikeable in ID. All that bullshit macho testosterone I think. I absolutely loved him a year later in MIB but then that film had something that ID clearly lacked; namely wit and charm. More

Posted by DancingClown at 17:11 on 10 February 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Will Smith seems so out of touch...
Meh. The SFX were the star of the first one. More

Posted by UTB at 15:16 on 10 February 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Will Smith seems so out of touch...
ith Reportedly Now Out Of Independence Day Sequel ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!! "ahem" This is like the worse news ever,man. More

Posted by OPEN YOUR EYES at 12:08 on 10 February 2014 | Report This Post

Will Smith seems so out of touch...
with common sense and reason at the moment that he and M. Night Shyamalan seem a perfect couple. Despite being sick of the perpetual revisiting of existing properties and sequels I am holding out for this one to be good. I think some of that hope is based on a reasonable assumption, given previous work, that Emmerich and Devlin et al won't overpopulate it with kids/tweens. Get Cusack in there!!!! More

Posted by partybee at 07:41 on 10 February 2014 | Report This Post

Can you hear that noise? That's the sound of the budget breathing a huge sigh of relief! More

Posted by darktrain at 22:17 on 09 February 2014 | Report This Post

Surely they could have fitted him in as the president? That could be the only way I can see him being in the film. More

Posted by mofs at 20:46 on 09 February 2014 | Report This Post

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