Independence Day Sequel More Likely Than Ever

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It seems like the sequel to Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day has been in talks since the film’s $50 million opening weekend. It hasn’t happened yet, but the thought of a sequel has always been on the minds of Roland Emmerich and the film’s writer and producer, Dean Devlin, since 1996 and the reason why the project never got off the ground was that they wanted to “get it right.”

The ID4 duo hadn’t worked together in the 11 years since the release of The Patriot starring Mel Gibson and Heath Ledger in the year 2000. Emmerich and Devlin didn’t want to make a sequel to Independence Day as a simple cash grab, the original film grossed $817 million worldwide in 1996, that they actually wanted to make a good movie with a worthy enough concept and story. And now the pair has a concept to a sequel they feel confidently in. Devlin tells THR,

“I can tell you that Roland and I have been working together for the first time in 11 years and we’re very excited about the idea of doing it,” Devlin said. “Whether or not we can make this happen, if we can get all the pieces to come together, that’s gonna be challenging. But creatively, for the very first time since we did the original, I feel we have a worthy concept, a worthy path to go.”

Creatively, they would like to bring back some of the original cast but it’s not clear who has agreed to join the project. Will Smith would seem like the biggest piece of the puzzle to an Independence Day sequel, along with Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, Randy Quaid and Vivica A. Fox.

“I think it took a long time, but I feel like we finally got something that really feels like, ‘that’s worth seeing as a sequel to Independence Day.'” Devlin teases, “We’re beginning a long process of talking to everybody. We’ll just have to see what happens.”

A sequel to Independence Day seems like a long shot considering today’s summer blockbuster landscape. Even with a cast starring Will Smith, it is difficult to imagine a sequel doing well with critics and general audiences. But the summer of 2016 is wide-open at this point, and it would make this sequel 20 years in the making.


  • http://www.facebook.com/jeffrey.a.garcia Jeffrey Alan Garcia

    Sorry but didn’t Randy Quaid’s character die in the original movie? Or was he captured and cloned by the aliens before they were all wiped out?

    • http://twitter.com/DaVeO52 DaVeO52

      He died.

  • RINOVirus

    It’s probably for the best that Randy Quaid’s character died already.

  • Rian

    Quaid’s character went kamikaze on the alien ship. And wasn’t Mary McDonnell the First Lady, dead of her injuries at Area 51? After 20 years, I hope they don’t try to pick up where the first one left off. The characters should have moved on… Pullman should be long out of the presidency, Smith should be at least a colonel, etc.

  • http://twitter.com/Calpurnius William T. Tripp

    Mary McDonnell also died in the original.

  • bhak1

    You would need Will Smith and ideally Jeff Goldblum and Judd Hirsch, the woman that played Goldblum’s wife was likeable as well. Bill Pullman is cool, but I wonder how they would work him in… he obviously wouldn’t be president after 20 years. Randy Quaid’s character is dead and his children were just not all that interesting… probably best to leave them behind and introduce a new “family” to serve as a subplot.

    Then again as much stupid popcorn fun that Independence Day was, let us not forget it’s disaster of a spiritual sequel that was Devlin and Emrich’s take on Godzilla. To avoid another such train wreck it may be better to leave Independence Day at rest.

    It could be fun though… I imagine Smith and Pullman would be viewed as heroes in that world (maybe one of them is a R* and the other is washed up?). I could see Goldblum’s character becoming a sort of Steve Jobs riding of his role in the defeat of the aliens in the original, but likely still as OCD and nutty (I love and miss Jeff Goldblum.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Eddie-Boot/521607168 Eddie Boot

    I hope this is true because Independence Day is one of my favorite movies of all time! And it sounds like the guys in charge actually care about a quality movie not just labeling it ID2. As for the original cast, well, we don’t know what will happen. I like what Rian said below, this should go along with the time/years passed. Maybe the presidents daughter all grown up now (and Will Smith’s kid in the movie)? Have them come on board and kill the aliens.

  • mustgofaster

    They should call it ID42: Constitution Day!

  • cre8tiff

    It would be interesting to see what we humans did with all of the Alien technology we could have gotten from all of the dead ships, and what the battle would be if those aliens returned after 20 years. Probably a much idifferent arc than the “we’re screwed” one of the original.

  • http://www.facebook.com/PAWarrington Paul Warrington

    Randy Quaid’s Character flew his plane into the alien mothership after missile release failure(god i sound like a nerd lol). Twentieth anniversary theme sounds like a good idea…