Independence Day White House

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 »

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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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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You’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t like one of the following four movies: The Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, Independence Day or Batman. Odds are everyone likes at least one of those films (or film series), probably very passionately in fact. And if that’s the case, you’ll definitely want to hit the jump on this story. After the jump we’ve got information on the following:

  • Empire Magazine has an exclusive video of Sean Astin, Elijah Wood, Domenic Monaghan and Billy Boyd reuniting on the 10th anniversary of the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
  • Access Hollywood is reporting the sequel to J.J. Abrams‘ 2009 Star Trek will not be simply called Star Trek 2.
  • Roland Emmerich is at it again, saying he’s talked to Will Smith about coming back for Independence Day 2.
  • Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises won’t film at Occupy Wall Street as production hits the Big Apple.

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Independence Day

Back in November 2009, Roland Emmerich told MTV that not only are they developing an Independence Day sequel, but he hopes to film it as two-back-to-back movies.At the time I just thought he was throwing outrageous claims into the wind, seeing how far they may travel. Since the first film was realized in 1996, Will Smith has become one of Hollywood’s biggest and most bankable movie stars (and now producer). What that means is that he costs big bucks, over $20 million plus a percentage of the first dollar gross. 20th Century Fox is notoriously cheap (except when James Cameron is somehow able to trick the studio into spending hundreds of millions to make billions). Emmerich even said as much in an interview with LatinoReview.

Well it appears like the situation has changed, Will Smith is aboard for two sequels, and the films will be shot back-to-back. This according to IESB, who has a notoriously good track record when it comes to Fox rumors, so its very possible. According to the report, Emmerich would go into production on ID4-2 / ID4-3 after his William Shakespeare thriller Anonymous when Smith is finished with either The City That Sailed or Men in Black 3 (whichever project the star chooses to tackle next).
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