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Independence Day Writer Gave The Studio Back Their Money The First Time He Tried To Write A Sequel


When we first heard about an Independence Day sequel we weren’t really sure how we felt except to say it had to have Jeff Goldblum attached to star. Well producer/writer of the original, Dean Devlin, is still working on the script but it turns out he tried once and was so disappointed with it he gave the studio back their money. Find out exactly how that went down plus some new details on Independence Day 2 and whether or not Will Smith will be along for the ride. 

Devlin spoke to Collider on the Saturn Award red carpets recently and found out the sequel will account for the 16 year gap between the first and second films. Basically, things will be happening in real time.

“I can tell you that [director] Roland Emmerich and I are working together for the first time in eleven years and we are working really hard to try and make this happen,” said Devlin. “I don’t know if we’re gonna pull it off. I don’t know if it is going to happen. But I can tell you that we’re spending a lot of effort, that we’re writing together for the first time in eleven years. And we want to make it happen.”

Previously it was reported that we’d be getting not one but two more Independence Day films from Emmerich and Devlin but that wasn’t mentioned this time around. What Devlin did mention was that this wasn’t his first attempt at writing Independence Day 2.

“Many years ago, I was actually hired to write the sequel to Independence Day. And I wrote a sequel. And they paid me a boatload of money to go write this thing. And after I wrote it, I read it and I gave them back the money and I said, ‘look, this is an okay movie I just wrote. But it’s not worthy of the sequel to Independence Day.’ And I literally gave back the money,” he said. “And afterwards I said, ‘You know what? I’m not even going to try anymore.’ And it was only about a year-and-a-half ago that Roland called me up and said, ‘We should try again.’”

He gave Hollywood their money back. That’s certainly not something you see every day.

So what exactly can we expect to see from Independence Day 2?

“I can’t tell you anything about the script,” said Devlin when asked if Smith’s character was a focal point of the sequel story. But he did say it will feel “organic” to the first film. “I think that the story that we finally cracked is finally worthy of a sequel. And I think that the people who have been fans will feel like they got the movie they were waiting for.”

Are you ready for more epic Presidential speeches and alien punching?

(via Collider)

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2FWBF4JECEUSJKVW3I6WPD36DE Fran

    YES, yes yes yes yes.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t recall the story fully, but from what I do remember it doesn’t seem like Will Smith’s character was vital. Maybe on his own he could be in the story, but I can see no reason anyone would call on his character for help.

    After so much time, it may just be better to approach it with a new cast. I could see Goldblum having some minor role, if only to satisfy peoples call for fan service.

  • Anonymous

    “He gave Hollywood their money back. That’s certainly not something you see every day.”

    Mike Meyers did the same when he couldn’t come up with a good hook for the Dieter movie.  And that was a much more expensive deal – several cast and crew had pay or play contracts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Duck-Linsenmayer/100001495960900 Duck Linsenmayer

    considering how bad the plot of the first one was, Id hate to see his reject… did it come with 15 mins of extra footage showing the apple firewire to alien tech conection cable?

  • Anonymous

    President.
    Will.
    Smith.

    Based on how Bill Pullman earned the job, it’d make PERFECT sense.

    After several years of reverse-engineering the tech of the aliens, we’re ready to take out first ship into space, and the big question is…are there even BIGGER threats out there?
    Oh, and OUR ships run Norton Anti-Virus.

  • Gregory Williams

    WHEN?