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.