Posted on Thursday, December 15th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Earlier this year, I was the only person on the planet mentally unwell enough to defend Independence Day: Resurgence, one of the most critically reviled blockbuster in a year chock-full of movies that audiences of all stripes flat-out rejected. I suppose I just have a soft spot for director Roland Emmerich, whose filmmaking has evolved over the years from “glossy Irwin Allen riff” to “hilariously cruel, misanthropic insanity.” It came as no surprise that Emmerich’s next movie was supposed to be a science fiction thriller about the moon plummeting into the earth. That was the next logical step.
But Emmerich has other interests, too, like trying to prove that Shakespeare didn’t write his plays and making hideously awful movies about important events in LGBTQ history and, apparently, reading the work of author Blake Crouch, since he’s in currently looking to adapt his 2016 novel Dark Matter.
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Audiences weren’t too keen to jump back into the world of Independence Day this past summer. Roland Emmerich‘s all-around underwhelming sequel failed to match half the success of its predecessor. The pricey sequel didn’t connect with audiences, meaning we probably won’t see Independence Day 3‘s intergalactic journey anytime soon. Another sequel we maybe shouldn’t expect from Stonewall director Roland Emmerich? The Stargate one he’s been planning a long time.
Below, learn more about why the Stargate reboot isn’t happening.
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Back in 1996, the film Independence Day was an impressive piece of blockbuster spectacle. The amount of destruction on display done with outstanding visual effects for the time was a sight that demanded to be seen on the big screen. However, 20 years later, that destruction isn’t nearly as captivating in Independence Day: Resurgence, and it’s just one of the many problems the sequel has that keep it from measuring up to the original.
Perhaps the biggest problem is that all the destruction in Independence Day: Resurgence not only feels like a computer generated rehash of what we already saw done with more practical effects back in 1996, but it’s also been done countless other times in recent years in several of the Marvel movies and more recent DC Comics movies. Director Roland Emmerich has certainly taken notice, and he thinks the third acts are basically retreads of what he’s already done. Find out what Roland Emmerich had to say about superhero destruction after the jump. Read More »
When Independence Day hit theaters in 1996, it brought the spectacle of global destruction, exciting action, some decent laughs, and an ensemble of memorable characters with nary a huge movie star in sight. Twenty years later, Independence Day: Resurgence attempts to deliver all that again. But despite a plot point out of left field that shifts the sequel away from a simple retread of the original and toward an absolute bonkers, universe-expanding set-up for a sequel, this follow-up falls flat and lacks any of the heart, charm, efficiency and exhilaration that makes the first one entertaining to this day.
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This weekend brings Independence Day: Resurgence to theaters 20 years after the original destroyed the world’s major cities, and while it leads right into the possibility of a third film to follow, that won’t be director Roland Emmerich‘s next movie. And the idea for this new project is just as ridiculous as you’d expect.
Universal Pictures has just thrown down seven figures for Moonfall, a sci-fi spec script that Emmerich wrote with Harald Kloser (writer, producer and composer for his disaster flick 2012) and Spencer Cohen (who wrote the developing Extinction for Good Universe and Mandeville). The plan is for Emmerich to direct the film and also produce with Kloser again. So what’s Moonfall about? Find out after the jump if you haven’t figured it out already. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 by Angie Han
This summer brings Independence Day: Resurgence, a full 20 years after the original Independence Day invaded theaters. So what took Roland Emmerich so long? In an interview, Emmerich admits he’d “never planned to make a sequel” before explaining why he changed his mind, and reveals one of the sequel ideas that got scrapped early on. And yes, he’s already thinking about Independence Day 3. Read More »
With just over a month until the aliens come back to finish the job in Independence Day: Resurgence, a new extended trailer gives us our longest look at the blockbuster sequel yet. A bunch of new footage combined with what we’ve seen in the previous trailers gives us our best glimpse yet at the story, characters and pure destruction awaiting us this summer. However, I will say if you’re already on board with seeing this movie, don’t watch this trailer, because it shows a little too much.
If you’re still interested, watch the Independence Day Resurgence trailer after the jump. Read More »
We’re still about a month and a half away from seeing what happens when the aliens who attacked us 20 years ago in Independence Day regroup and come back to finish the job. As we’ve seen in viral news reports and the trailers for Independence Day: Resurgence released this year, we’ve already rebuilt, and we’ve even utilized alien technology to advance our weapons and society, including a global initiative that founded Earth Space Defense, which includes a military base on the moon.
Now another viral video has surfaced in the form of a recruitment video for Earth Space Defense with William Fichtner asking you to be all you can be…in space. We also get to hear part of a speech that President Lanford (Sela Ward) gives in the movie In addition, you can actually go enlist in ESD and play a few mini games to unlock some new footage from the film. Some of them even provide hints as to what story details we may find in the sequel. Watch the Independence Day Resurgence viral video after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2016 by Angie Han
Today is Earth Day, and what better way to celebrate our beautiful planet than by gleefully looking forward to its complete and utter destruction? 20th Century Fox has just unveiled the latest Independence Day: Resurgence trailer, which sees the aliens returning 20 years later, stronger and more brutal than ever before. Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Vivica A. Fox, and Brent Spiner return from the original, while Liam Hemsworth, Maika Monroe, and Jessie Usher lead a new generation of Earth Space Defense pilots.
Oh, and to celebrate Earth Day in less ironic fashion, 20th Century Fox has also dropped a new Earth Day PSA featuring Earth Space Defense director David Levinson (Goldblum) explaining different ways we at home can help save the planet. Plus, to get that patriotic spirit going, they’re offering a download of the original Independence Day for just $0.99. Get the details, and watch both the new Independence Day: Resurgence trailer and the Independence Day Earth Day PSA after the jump. Read More »
Yesterday the Super Bowl spot for Independence Day: Resurgence teased destruction on what seems to somehow be a larger scale than the first film from 20 years ago. Today begins the first of our series of interviews from the set of the sci-fi sequel, talking about what we can expect 20 years after what has been dubbed the War of 1996, and kicking things off is director Roland Emmerich.
From the moon base of Earth Space Defense, Emmerich talks about the death toll from the first film, which is pretty staggering, what that has inspired in humanity around the world, and what we can expect from the aliens this time around, which includes digital aliens instead of practical effects. Plus, the director gives me permission to take home one of the biggest props from the set, but there’s a catch. Read More »