Independence Day sequel

Buried in the news of 20th Century Fox finally greenlighting a sequel to Independence Day was a major change in the release strategy. Once envisioned as a trilogy, Roland Emmerich is now only making one sequel, not two like originally planned. There was no reason given for the change and, frankly, it was a tad worrysome as a fan. Was this new Independence Day not worthy of a sequel itself?

Well, that’s not the case at all. It’s much more logical than that. In a new interview, series co-creator and producer Dean Devlin explains the reasoning for only making one Independence Day sequel. For now. Read More »

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Independence Day sequel

Execs over at Fox are finally pulling the trigger on that long-rumored Independence Day sequel. The studio has given producers a green light for the film, which will now get into motion with the goal of shooting in May 2015. And while there’s no formal announcement yet, it seems like this will be one film, rather than a two-movie split as previously rumored. And it sounds like Will Smith won’t be back for the new chapter. Read More »

Jeff Goldblum in Independence Day

Today’s Sequel Bits involves a bit of casting, a bit of un-casting, lots of movie star quotes and, best of all, Jeff Goldblum. After the jump:

  • Bill & Ted 3 is “closer, but no closer,” says Keanu Reeves
  • Jason Schwartzman offers a Bored to Death update
  • Super Troopers 2 will definitely involve mustaches
  • Jeremy Renner continues to talk about Bourne
  • Karl Urban claims Star Trek 3 is “phenomenal”
  • There’s a place for Jeff Goldblum in Independence Day 2
  • Chinese actress Zhang Jingchu boards Mission: Impossible 5
  • Ted 2 fires 7th Heaven actor Stephen Collins amid scandal
  • Ed HelmsVacation sequel gets a fall 2015 release date
  • Bond 24 adds Rome to its list of awesome locations

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Stargate

In a semi-shocking announcement, MGM and Warner Bros. revealed Roland Emmerich will direct a remake of his own 1994 film Stargate. Dean Devlin will be back to produce and the film is being developed with the hopes to be the start of a trilogy.

There’s no word on when this will happen, however, as the release says Emmerich will be shooting Independence Day 2 and Independence Day 3 back to back. Read More »

‘Independence Day 2′ Gets A Rewrite

Independence Day 2

Briefly: There’s a small but significant update on the Independence Day 2 front. The Roland Emmerich-directed sequel, tentatively scheduled for a July 1, 2016 release, is about to get a rewrite. Rising screenwriter Carter Blanchard has been tapped by 20th Century Fox to take a crack at the current script written by James Vanderbilt. Blanchard has yet to see a feature made, but wrote scripts for both Spyhunter at Warner Bros. and Kindergarden Heroes at Fox.

Emmerich is currently filming a movie called Stonewall while prepping the highly anticipated sequel. [Deadline]

Independence Day

Briefly: With or without Will Smith, a sequel to Independence Day is happening. For obvious reasons, director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin were hoping the mega-star would choose to return to the franchise that helped launch his career. Smith originally said he wouldn’t be in the film, then backed off that statement. Fox hired James Vanderbilt to write two independent scripts - one with Smith’s character and the other without.

Deadline now reports Smith has “pretty much decided” he’s not going to do the movie. Never say never but, the smart money is the version of the film without the character (perhaps focused on his son?) will forward.

Independence Day 2 will blow up theaters July 1, 2016.

Independence Day White House

Briefly: Earlier today, 20th Century Fox moved around a bunch of their 2015 releases. One film conspicuously absent was Roland Emmerich‘s sequel, Independence Day 2. Well, it took a few more hours, but now the fate of that movie has been revealed. It’s still coming, but as some suspected, it has been moved back a whole year.

Independence Day 2 will now hit theaters July 1, 2016, not July 3, 2015. The new date just so happens to be almost 20 years to the day after the release of the original. Whether that was the happy coincidence, or if it’s to make room for Michael B. Jordan, or Will Smith, remains to be seen. But there’s now plenty more time to figure it all out. [Box Office Mojo]

Independence Day

Given the choice between making a movie with Will Smith and making one without him, a major studio will almost always choose Smith. That’s especially the case for a film with a major budget, and if the film in question is one which is a sequel to another Smith film, then it really isn’t even a question any longer.

But what if Smith is unwilling to commit?

Roland Emmerich has been developing a couple of Independence Day sequels, possibly called ID Forever parts I and II, for a little while now, but the real go-ahead point will come when Smith definitively commits, or turns town the project. To be ready for that moment, there are actually two written scripts right now — one has a role for Smith, the other does not. Which one will be shot? Read More »

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