Posted on Thursday, September 5th, 2013 by Angie Han
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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Briefly: The movie Focus once had Ben Affleck attached as the lead, but it became a Will Smith movie earlier this year. And now Rodrigo Santoro, who’ll once again play Xerxes in 300: Rise of an Empire, has been set to play “the powerful owner of a Formula One race team” who is also the antagonist to Smith’s character. The heist movie will be directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love). Read More »
Posted on Monday, June 24th, 2013 by Angie Han
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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Sony is developing a fourth Men in Black film, but it may not be able to rely upon Will Smith to play the charming lead. While Smith led audiences into the world of a secret government bureau incorporated to police galactic aliens on Earth, and acted as the franchise center for three films, he’s not so sure about continuing on.
Oren Uziel (The Kitchen Sink) was recently signed to rewrite 21 Jump Street 2, and to script Men in Black 4. But without Smith, who has helped power international interest in the series, is there any point to pushing the series forward? Conversely, once returns from After Earth are fully tallied, could Smith revise his lack of interest in a fourth MIB? Read More »
A Will Smith movie without charisma is like an M. Night Shyamalan movie without a twist. It sounds interesting or different going in, but this one ultimately doesn’t deliver.
Much as Shyamalan made his career on surprise twists, Smith made himself the biggest star in the world by focusing his talent and charm. Over his last few movies, the director has begun to move away from the “twist” hallmark, and with the pair’s first collaboration, After Earth, Smith also forgoes his calling card. The actor’s undeniable charm and screen presence have been completely excised from his portrayal of a cold, fearless military leader. Without that personality to fall back on Smith’s character becomes a personification of the movie: far from captivating and only somewhat watchable.
After Earth begins with a promising story idea — Smith’s character is on a life or death mission with his son – but ends up hollow and disjointed, with questionable choices made all around. It’s a good nugget of a premise that never feels truly developed. Read More »
There are lots of small updates on upcoming and hypothetical sequels, which means it’s time for another edition of Sequel Bits. Read about the following after the jump:
- Arnold Schwarzenegger says The Legend of Conan, Terminator 5 and Triplets are all still being written.
- Kevin Smith has a production schedule in mind for Clerks III.
- Eric Roberts joins the cast of Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence).
- As we wait on the new Bridget Jones movie, the character returns in book form.
- Another director may be on the short list for Bond 24.
- Daniel Radcliffe hypothesizes a Harry Potter sequel.
- Nicolas Winding Refn says don’t expect a sequel to Drive.
- Will Smith suggests he could appear in Independence Day 2, but it’s not looking good.
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Is Will Smith looking to make up for balking at starring in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained by starring in a remake of one of the biggest landmarks in the Western canon? Smith has signed to produce and star in the remake of Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch, which Warner Bros. has been trying to kickstart for a few years. That’s a piece of news that sounds pretty ridiculous, as the family-friendly guy who shied away fro Django is just about the last guy I’d expect to remake a film famous for its violence and adult themes.
(And yeah, let’s just get it out of the way: The Wild Wild Bunch. There, now we can move on.)
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M. Night Shyamalan‘s new film and potential comeback After Earth has been moved up one week from June 7 to May 31. It’s a good move on Columbia’s part, as the Will Smith movie can very likely dominate that late May weekend, which is otherwise occupied by Now You See Me and The Purge.
After Earth has Smith and his son Jaden Smith playing a father/son duo who crash land on Earth long after humanity has fled the planet. In the race to signal for rescue, the two men face ferocious Earth-grown dangers and an alien creature that dogs his steps.
After the break, we’ve got info on two more potential Will Smith films. Read More »