Posted on Thursday, September 5th, 2013 by Angie Han
While Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman are all set to return for the Independence Day sequel, director Roland Emmerich told press earlier this summer that Will Smith likely wouldn’t come back, because he was just too expensive and too famous. But that was before After Earth proved a critically reviled flop, and now it seems Smith may be a little more open to the idea of a return.
In a recent interview, Emmerich revealed that he has a meeting set up with Smith to discuss the project. “Anything can happen,” he said of Smith’s status regarding the project. Hit the jump to read the rest of his comment, and to get a possible update on the release date.
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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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In this summer’s White House Down, director Roland Emmerich will once again wreak havoc on the President’s pad. It’s a place he knows well, having first blown it up 1996′s Independence Day. Ever since that film was released, fans have discussed a sequel and in the past few months, Emmerich and his producer Dean Devlin have confirmed sequels are in the works: ID Forever Part One and ID Forever Part Two.
Emmerich has now revealed the seed that the sequels will grow from, as well as the timeline and the main characters. The films take place about 20 years after the original film, and the world has been rebuilt. Twenty years, it seems, is about how long it takes for the aliens to respond to a distress call their destroyed friends sent out at the end of the first film.
He also revealed he and Devlin have completed two scripts and James Vanderbilt, the writer of The Amazing Spider-Man and White House Down, is currently doing the rewrites.
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In the realm of global disaster films, the team of director Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin are first ballot Hall Of Famers. The pair not only collaborated on Independence Day and Godzilla, they’re slowly working on putting together sequels for the former. Since those days, Emmerich has continued his reign of terror, destroying the world again in The Day After Tomorrow (above) and 2012.
Now Devlin is also continuing the trend on his own. He’s just signed on to make his directorial debut in a mystery global disaster film along with Skydance Productions, run by producer David Ellison. After the jump, read more about this as well as some tangentially related quotes from Bill Pullman about those sequels to Independence Day.
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With director Roland Emmerich currently filming White House Down, there’s not a lot of working going on with the sequels to Independence Day. Producer Dean Devlin has gone on record saying he and Emmerich have cracked the idea for the films and continue to work on them, but it’s not a daily thing. No matter; that doesn’t stop tiny bits of news from leaking about the still hypothetical back-to-back sequels to the hit 1996 film, which gets a 3D re-release next year.
The pair are still referring to the films as ID Forever Part One and ID Forever Part Two and, in a new interview, Emmerich they’ll likely be shot in 2D and up-converted to 3D. Devlin also said they’re exploring a “lovable” tone as that was one of the surprising things people took out of the original. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, July 27th, 2012 by Angie Han
Today’s action-packed Sequel Bits includes updates on Independence Day 2, The Expendables 2, Fast and the Furious 6, and more. After the jump:
- Dean Devlin says they’ve “cracked” Independence Day 2
- Skunks invade the New England set of Grown Ups 2
- Karl Urban would be happy to play Dredd in a sequel
- Fast Six adds model Clara Paget as a gun-toting sidekick
- A new featurette goes behind the scenes of Expendables 2
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The producing/directing team behind Universal Soldier, Stargate and Independence Day, Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, are now officially back together and working on Independence Day 2. Devlin confirmed this in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter and though there’s no timetable on the release, discussions have begun with the returning cast members and the 2013 3D re-release of the first film will probably fit in somewhere. But wait, haven’t we heard all this before?
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Posted on Thursday, October 27th, 2011 by Angie Han
Everything else we loved growing up is getting a belated sequel, so why not Independence Day? Fifteen years after Roland Emmerich‘s alien-invasion movie became a smash hit, grossing $800 million worldwide, Fox is gearing up to produce two back-to-back sequels. Emmerich and his writing and producing partner Dean Devlin are said to be close to completing the scripts, which will tell one story in two parts.
Whether star Will Smith will be back is another question, but the studio is reportedly prepared to move on without him if necessary. More details after the jump.
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