Fans have waited over 15 years for concrete news about a sequel to the 1996 hit film Independence Day. A few months ago, we got some. Co-writers Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin confirmed that, yes, they have begun working on the sequels. Tentatively called ID Forever Parts One and Two, the rumor was that the films would take place in present day — about 20 years after the events of the first film — and center on the alien retaliation to human victory. Read more specifics here.
The pair were on hand at the Los Angeles Times Hero Complex Film Festival in Hollywood, CA Sunday for a special screening of Independence Day. There they spoke a bit more about the sequels. No major updates, unfortunately, but Emmerich did say they’re attempting to create a mythology that would allow not just one or two movies, but a whole series.
Oh and Jeff Goldblum, who was also in attendance, is welcome to return. Read their quotes below.
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The news that Star Wars: Episode VII will shoot in the UK isn’t a big deal, as the series has always had a production home in Britain. But in announcing plans to film the new Episode at one of the UK’s major studios (which one is not specified), LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy has issued a statement that some fans might find promising. Specificially, she says that the origins of Star Wars have been a big inspiration on the new film. Read More »
While making Star Trek Into Darkness, Simon Pegg pulled a funny prank on the cast of the film. Apparently they were shooting at a location which housed a huge real laser and Pegg took the opportunity to make fools of his fellow USS Enterprise crewmembers. But who knew the joke would last for days? Watch Pegg tell the story on Jimmy Kimmel Live after the jump.
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Briefly: Earlier this year, we reported James Horner would be scoring Gavin Hood‘s sci-fi adaptation, Ender’s Game. Turns out, that isn’t true. Steve Jablonsky, the composer behind the Transformers films as well as Pain & Gain, has the gig. The trailer for Ender’s Game is out now and it opens November 1. [Ender News via FS.net]
Pictured above is the new logo for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Its more or less what you’d expect to see.
Pictured below is a new photo from the film, released by director Matt Reeves. It is, I think, exactly what you might hope to see from this film. Three words: apes on horses. (And Jason Clarke confronting them.) See the pic below. Read More »
Among film fans, few directors are as revered as Alfonso Cuarón. Children of Men, Y Tu Mamá También, A Little Princess; these are new classics that never found the mainstream audience they deserved.
For the casual moviegoer, few stars are more likable than Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Oscar-winners both, each has proved time and again they’re major box-office stars. So what happens when you combine their mainstream Hollywood clout with a true auteur aesthetic? You’re about to find out.
The first trailer for their collaboration, Gravity, has just been released. Co-written and directed by Cuarón, it stars Clooney and Bullock as two astronauts who go into space but are detached from their ship, forced to survive all alone in the infinite darkness. The potential Oscar-contender is set for release October 19 in 2D, 3D and 3D IMAX. Finally, after years of delays and anticipation, you can see footage from it now. Read More »
There have got to be many great papers out there on the clash of mainstream and counterculture ideas in X-Men stories. Just as a starter, the whole cycle is based on a discriminated minority (mutants), but for much of the series said minority is officially headquartered in Westchester, NY. You don’t get much more whitebread than Westchester. (Except for the fact that, irony probably intended, the area was originally heavily settled by an Algonquian people, the Lenape.)
Bryan Singer‘s next film, and the next installment of the cinematic adaptations of those stories, is X-Men: Days of Future Present. Being as it deals with the possible internment and extermination of mutants, that mainstream vs counter-culture angle might be out in full force.
The time-traveling conceit in the film allows Singer to make use of the cast he originally assembled for 2000′s X-Men, and the group that starred in the prequel X-Men: First Class from 2010. We’ve already seen a shot of Patrick Stewart playing the older version of X-Men leader Charles Xavier. Now we’ve got a shot of James McAvoy playing the younger Xavier, replete with full-on period style: long locks, facial hair, and a polyester shirt.
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Lots of Star Wars fans, including J.J. Abrams himself, have sat down to talk about their confidence in Star Wars Episode VII. Those statements, possible video games, and more are all in today’s Star Wars Bits. After the jump read about the following:
- J.J. Abrams is focusing on Star Wars Episode VII, not any spin-off films.
- Simon Pegg has some ideas on how J.J. Abrams can reinvigorate Star Wars.
- Damon Lindelof would love to write a Star Wars film.
- Leonardo DiCaprio is super excited for Star Wars Episode VII and could be interested in appearing.
- Has a glimpse of a new Star Wars animated series been revealed?
- Disney CEO Bob Iger suggests more Star Wars is coming to theme parks and television.
- Star Tours opens at Disneyland Tokyo
- Lucasfilm registers domain names hinting at Gungan and Wookie themed video games and more.
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