A bevy of major release date announcments and shifts were just revealed. Here goes.

  • The Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel is now called Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and has been dated May 23, 2014.
  • A 3D re-release of Independence Day will hit July 3, 2013.
  • The untitled sequel to X-Men First Class will hit on July 18, 2014 with Matthew Vaughn directing.
  • Steven Spielberg‘s Robopocalypse has been pushed from 2013 to April 25, 2014
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, directed by and starring Ben Stiller, has been dated for Christmas 2013 along with Walking With Dinosaurs.
  • Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters hits August 16, 2013
  • Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy‘s untitled¬†Paul Feig-directed comedy lands April 5, 2013.

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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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Roland Emmerich holds a position unique among genre filmmakers in that he is the target of constant jibes and disparagement, but still makes films that people see on the promise of pure spectacle alone. He is currently finishing up the Shakespeare conspiracy thriller Anonymous — not exactly the subject matter you’d expect him to tackle — and is mulling future options. Sadly, an Independence Day sequel isn’t yet in the cards, and it looks as if his adaptation of the Isaac Asimov Foundation novels is still crawling forward. Read More »

For years there have been rumors of a pair of Independence Day sequels that would bring aliens back to Earth, only to find that we’d learned a lot from the previous invasion and re-engineered enough alien tech to put up a formidable fight.

Roland Emmerich hasn’t done much to expand upon the rumors in the past, besides agreeing that he’d like to make the films, but now he’s finally talking in a bit more detail. Read More »

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I wasn’t a huge fan of Michel Gondry’s Be Kind, Rewind, but I loved the film’s take on “sweded” videos, which had amateur filmmakers and actors recreating iconic scenes from beloved films. My absolute favorite one had to be the Terminator 2: Low Budgment Day video, but Gondry actually created a hilarious sweded version of the trailer for his own movie. While some might see the process of sweding as reductive, derivative, or just plain ridiculous, the film seemed to argue that there’s something beautiful in the art of interpretation that comes through in these low-rent films.

I was reminded of Be Kind, Rewind when I saw a piece over at Cinematical about a stage production version of Roland Emmerich’s 1996 film, Independence Day. Hit the jump to see some video of the production, and for a few more details.
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2012This week, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley reflect on the style and career of director Jon Turtletaub, try to unravel the plot of Ridley Scott’s new Monopoly movie, remember the greatness of Independence Day, and compare the Kick-Ass teaser trailer with the Comic-Con footage they’ve already seen. Special guest writer/director Dan Eckman joins us for this episode. Dan Eckman and Derrick Comedy’s first feature-length film, Mystery Team, is out in limited release right now. If you don’t have it in your local theater, head on over to their website and Demand It!

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Roland Emmerich tells MTV that not only are they developing an Independence Day sequel, but he hopes to film it as two-back-to-back movies. Emmerich says that the reason for two movies is that he wants “to do a bigger [story] arc” which will “continue the story” and begin “twelve, thirteen, fourteen years” after the first one ended.¬†Emmerich is even floating around a title for the new films: “ID4-Ever” followed by “Part I” and “Part II” Sounds crazy right?

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