Stargate

Roland Emmerich was in a scoop-giving mood recently when talking to the UK site The Digital Spy. First up, he revealed while Will Smith was not originally going to come back for the upcoming sequel to Independence Day, the actor might have changed his mind. He then admitted that film could potentially get pushed back to 2016 (despite having a 2015 release date) and finally, he dropped a bomb for Stargate fans.

Apparently Emmerich has approached MGM, which owns the rights to the film, about rebooting the franchise with a whole new trilogy. He will go out to writers soon with the story pitch. Read More »

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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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Bill Pullman Independence Day

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 »

Independence Day

Roland Emmerich, Dean Devlin, Bill Pullman, and even the outer space aliens are returning for the long-awaited sequel to Independence Day, but one prominent figure that won’t be back is Will Smith. After years of whispers that Smith was asking for too much money to come back, Emmerich has confirmed that that is indeed the case.

That’s not the only reason Smith isn’t reprising his role, however. According to Emmerich, he doesn’t really want Smith back anyway because the actor is too famous. Hit the jump to read his comments.

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Independence Day White House

20th Century Fox has announced a slate of release dates today for 2014 and 2015, including Independence Day 2, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Assassin’s Creed and more. Hit the jump and get our your calendars!

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White House Down Channing Tatum

Much as we appreciate big-budget blockbusters that aim to be deep or emotional or to impart profound life lessons, there comes a point in every summer when all we want to do is enjoy some expensive, well crafted mayhem.

Arriving just in time for that moment this year is Roland Emmerich‘s White House Down. The first wave of reactions has just hit the web, and by most accounts (including Peter’s and Germain’s) it’s the perfect summer blockbuster: big, silly, and dumb, in the best possible way. Hit the jump to get the buzz.

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White House Down Tatum Foxx

Roland Emmerich‘s White House Down is the second of two “Die Hard on Pennsylvania Avenue” pics to hit screens this year, but if it delivers on the promises made by this four-minute final trailer, it could just blow the other one out of the water altogether. It has all the ingredients for a satisfying summer blockbuster: tons of big, explosive action; a liberal sprinkling of humor; and even some cute buddy-cop rapport between Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx. Watch it after the jump.

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Roland Emmerich

In Hollywood, you can never own too much intellectual property. Producers option novels and magazine articles before they’re even published in hopes of landing the next lucrative franchise. This is also why, when a screenwriter has a solid original idea with potential, everyone goes crazy. They don’t want to be the company who passed on the next big thing.

The latest sci-fi franchise pitch going around Hollywood is Emergence, a large-scale alien invasion film written by Nic Kelman, and it was just purchased by a team with lots of experience in the genre. Centropolis Entertainment now owns the film and Roland Emmerich is attached to direct. Read More »

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