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 »

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New Angeles

Roland Emmerich is known for making action-packed popcorn flicks, the bigger the better. But one of his next projects will see him going small. He’s set to direct New Angeles, a sci-fi TV series about a bored guy who escapes into a virtual reality world.

If that sounds a bit like The Matrix, this next fact will make the resemblance feel even stronger: Keanu Reeves is also on board. Hit the jump to learn all about New Angeles.

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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]

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Roland Emmerich tends to be associated with big, explosive blockbusters, and he’s currently plotting a return to his biggest, most explosive blockbuster of all with two Independence Day sequels. Before he does that, however, he’s going to take a detour into something completely different.

The director’s next feature will be Stonewall, a relatively small drama about the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City. And he’s just found his lead — Jeremy Irvine, star of War Horse and Great Expectations. More details on the project after the jump.

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2012 movie problems

Roland Emmerich‘s 2012 as the newest addition to CinemaSin’s popular series of videos dissecting and mocking the flaws, improbabilities and just out-right stupidness of big Hollywood blockbusters. CinemaSins is infamous for editing down  the sins to an easily digestible 6 minute videos, but 2012 required a much longer video — running almost 20 minutes and featuring a whopping 213 sins. Watch the 2012 movie problems video now embedded after the jump.
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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

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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