Creators of Independence Day Sequels Still Making Independence Day Sequels
Independence Day will be celebrating its seventeenth anniversary next year with a rerelease to theaters (I was lucky enough to see it in theaters last year at a local midnight 4th of July screening, and let me tell you… it’s just as gloriously goofy as you remember). But that might not be all. Director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin are still promising us not one but two sequels to the other movie where Jeff Goldblum says “must go faster.”
The biggest hurdle, they say, would be getting the cast back together. Which I’m interpreting as “getting Will Smith on board.”
Seriously, Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman are not exactly the big names now that they were in 1996, and you can’t tell me that Judd Hirsch, Margaret Conlin, James Duval, Brent Spiner, Adam Baldwin or Vivica Fox would be hostile to a paycheck and a chance to be in a big, bombastic blockbuster again. But Will Smith is a very busy guy.
I’m not super confident that any of this will happen, I mean, even just between Emmerich, Devlin, and Will Smith, those schedules aren’t likely to work out anytime soon. But it seems like they know why, if for any reason, an Independence Day sequel would be something that anyone wanted:
Roland and I sat down and watched the original. It’s a different experience on television! The thing that really hit me about the movie is how much love there is in it: between the characters; that the filmmakers had making it; that the cast had for each other. As we’re approaching a sequel we’re focusing on that aspect of it. Because I think that was really the key as to why it worked for everyone. It was lovable.
A sequel lovingly made is one I can get behind. …Wait, what? The studio’s demanding 3D? So… you’re going for post-conversion.
When do the alien ships get here to destroy New York?