INDEPENDENCE DAY sequel talk turns to sequels

Adam Reed

by: Adam Reed
November 12th, 2009


Say what you want about Roland Emmerich, but the man has made a couple of decent films. I loved the Mel Gibson charged war movie, THE PATRIOT. Sure, he followed that goodie up with GODZILLA and 10,000 B.C., but I am a forgiving person. He's inconsistent, that's all. I'm not too sure what to say about his most recent end-of-the-world extravaganza, 2012, but I'm sure it can't be all that bad, right? At least it has some pretty cool computer-generated graphics.

Speaking of apocalyptic extravaganzas, I can say with certainty that my favorite Emmerich film exploded into theaters in 1996. That movie is INDEPENDENCE DAY. I love Will Smith, I love apocalyptic films (when done right), and I love sci-fi alien action. INDEPENDENCE DAY was a healthy balance of the three, with a side of action and comedy also thrown into the mix. So, ever since we kicked the crap out of those slimy, yet feisty extra-terrestrials in '96, I have been longing for a sequel. Well, it looks like that sequel just might happen, and according to Emmerich, we might get a two-for-one special.

Currently, there is no INDEPENDENCE DAY follow-up script, but Emmerich claims that there is a working title, ID4-EVER: Part I and Part II (which sucks), and "there's an idea." Well, I am glad there is at least an idea, but let's all hope it is a good one.

"What we want to do in the next – it's actually two movies – we want to do a bigger arc...INDEPENDENCE DAY was always like the king who leads his troops into battle against an evil force, and that stays like that...The idea is just to continue the story and actually I don't know how many years ago this was—twelve, thirteen, fourteen years ago—and just continue where it ended."

So it looks like the films might pick up a little over a decade after the first film. That is quite fortunate, as all the actors in the original are also a little over a decade older than when they shot the first film. Speaking of actors in the first film, I am sure one question that is nagging all of your minds is, "Will Will (haha) Smith be in the sequel?" I mean, what's an ID4-EVER film without Big Willy? Don't worry, folks, Emmerich says that Smith will definitely have involvement (I am assuming that all of this is pending on Will Smith's desire to do a sequel).

So get excited, or get nervous, or get nauseous, but whatever you do, brace yourself, as it looks like a sequel to INDEPENDENCE DAY might be coming our way. What do you say? Yay? Nay? Sorry, I'll stop the rhyming.

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