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.

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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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Need further proof something official is coming from the world of Star Wars? A second actor has confirmed on the record that, yes, they auditioned for the film. First was Saoirse Ronan and next is Michael B. Jordan, the Friday Night Lights, Wire and Fruitvale Station star. Jordan recently confirmed he auditioned for Star Wars Episode VII but doesn’t know much about it. And no lightsaber for him.

He also addressed rumors he’s up for roles in Fantastic Four, Independence Day 2 and that Rocky spinoff Creed with Ryan Coogler. Read all his quotes below. Read More »

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Will Smith was a star before he appeared in Independence Day, but the 1996 film vaulted him into the stratosphere. The same could happen for Michael B. Jordan, star of Friday Night Lights, The Wire and Fruitvale Station. Jordan (who may also be up for Star Wars Episode VII) is said to be eyed for a “major role” in Roland Emmerich‘s Independence Day sequel, ID Forever Part I. No offer has been made but the actor has reportedly met with the director, the director liked him. As do execs at 20th Century Fox, who might also still be considering him for Fantastic Four. Read More »

Firefly

Joss Whedon‘s Serenity finally gets a sequel, but it’s not a movie. Also after the jump:

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  • Independence Day might not become a trilogy
  • Top Gun 2 is still happening, says Jerry Bruckheimer
  • Goon 2 could shoot next year, with some luck
  • Weep over this sad moment from Fast & Furious 7
  • Meanwhile, Vin Diesel has a video message for fans

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Independence Day

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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After almost two decades, it’s mind-boggling to think a sequel to Independence Day is finally coming together. Years and years of rumor and speculation all seemed unfounded until last week when 20th Century Fox announced that July 3, 2015 would mark the triumphant return of the 1996 film. Director Roland Emmerich will be back, along with his production partner Dean Devlin, and the story is set 20 years after events of the original. Earth has been rebuilt, we’ve begun to grow thanks to the alien technology, and then the motherships return hoping to settle the score.

Half the cast will be new faces; a new generation who has grown up in the world decimated in the first film. The other will be stars from the first movie. So who is returning and who isn’t? Well, Will Smith will not return as Captain Steven Hiller but Emmerich just confirmed Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum will indeed return, both of whom had expressed interest in the past. Read More »

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