The hot new trend in studio filmmaking these days is sequels that also act as first acts for a new franchise, taking your love of a past property and using it to launch another series (usually a trilogy) of movies. Some of these, like Jurassic World, are enormous financial successes, tickling old school nostalgia while giving new fans something to embrace. Others, like Terminator: Genisys, die on the vine and make everyone who talked about a sequel months before the original came out look very silly.
As I watched the new Independence Day: Resurgence TV spot, I couldn’t quite begin to guess which direction Roland Emmerich‘s belated sequel will go. I can easily imagine this thing being an enormous hit or a gigantic flop. Are regular folks excited for an Independence Day sequel? I have no clue. But I do know that this TV spot features some nifty visuals and the return of Brent Spiner‘s Dr. Brackish Okun, who supposedly perished during the events of the first movie.
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Easily one of the most iconic parts of 1996’s blockbuster Independence Day is the speech Bill Pullman gives as President Whitmore before humanity makes their last stand across the globe. But we might not get the same kind of moment in Independence Day: Resurgence since President Whitmore is no longer the sitting president. In fact, he’s apparently living a quiet life in the suburbs when the sequel begins and his daughter has the more exciting job working alongside a new president.
The new Commander-in-Chief is President Lanford, played by Sela Ward (Gone Girl, The Day After Tomorrow). Even though it doesn’t sound like she’ll get the same kind of action that President Whitmore saw in the original movie, she still has plenty to deal with when the aliens return. Plus, Pullman and Ward and more than willing to star in their own spin-off where their presidents team up and utilize their secret kung fu and karate skills.
Check out the Independence Day Resurgence interview below. Read More »