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Is Independence Day 2 Bringing Back This Fan Favorite Character?

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We’re living in a world that has toyed with the concept of an Independence Day sequel for almost as many years as the first film has been out. The project finally got the official green light from Fox last month, and now we can really get down to the speculative nitty gritty, which kicks off with this potentially cryptic tweet from director Roland Emmerich himself.

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Keanu Reeves And Roland Emmerich Have Big Plans For Your TV

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Keanu ReevesNeither Keanu Reeves nor Roland Emmerich are any strangers to big time action. One thing they haven’t done much of up to this point in their respective careers, however, is work in television. Emmerich has had forays as a producer, and Reeves is scheduled to appear in the mini-series Rain before long, but the bulk of their time has been spent on big screens around the world. That’s in the process of changing at the moment, as the two are teaming up for a new sci-fi series called New Angels.

According to a press release from Slingshot Global Media, they are partnering with Reeves, via his Company Films banner, and Emmerich’s Centropolis, to develop this new project. Both will also executive produce, with Emmerich eyeing the director’s chair—surprise, surprise—at least for the pilot. Get ready for some big destruction on your small screen in the vein of Independence Day, White House Down, and The Day After Tomorrow.

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Asimov’s Foundation May Come To The Small Screen Courtesy Of Roland Emmerich

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Roland EmmerichAfter destroying the President of the United States’ home yet again in this summer’s White House Down, director Roland Emmerich has set his sights on revisiting the world of one of his earlier films, Independence Day. As many of you are aware, ID4 is one of the films where the White House famously buys the farm. There is, however, another sci-fi project that Emmerich has been working on for years that we’re curious about, an adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s legendary Foundation series. After struggling to come up with a suitable script, he may be moving forward in an unexpected way, with a television miniseries.

Emmerich bought the rights to the epic Foundation series four years ago, and it does seem like a strange pairing. Made up of seven novels, plus numerous other surrounding works, this is a sprawling work that revolves the rise and fall of galactic empires over thousands and thousands of years. When you think of Emmerich’s films…let’s just say that the man is not renowned for the subtlety of his filmmaking.

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Stargate To Return As A Rebooted Film Trilogy

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StargateSince the cancellation of SGU, Stargate fans have found themselves in much the same position as Star Trek fans after the demise of Enterprise. For the first time in a long time, the Stargate franchise doesn’t have a show on the air, nor any signs of one on the horizon. Star Trek’s resurgence eventually came in the form of J.J. Abrams’ divisive film series. As for Stargate? Yup, it’s being rebooted on the big screen as well. Except it’s a reboot that’s also a, somehow, a sequel. What does that mean? Who freakin’ knows.

Stargate writer/director Roland Emmerich broke the news to Digital Spy, revealing how the new project came about. Emmerich says, “We went to MGM, who has the rights, and proposed to them to do a sequel, but as a reboot… and reboot it as a movie and then do three parts. Pretty soon we’ll have to look for a writer and start.”

And here’s where the confusion comes in. He describes the new Stargate project as a “sequel, but as a reboot.” Although Emmerich’s short quote doesn’t provide any further information, the clue to deciphering the seemingly contradictory concepts may come from Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise. T4 (just revealed as Transformers: Age of Extinction) has also been described as a sequel that is also a reboot. As near as anyone can tell, that means they aren’t ignoring the past movies, but they’re giving it a pseudo-reboot, introducing new characters and giving existing characters such as Optimus Prime a new look.

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Roland Emmerich’s Godzilla: Here’s Everything Wrong With It In Seven Minutes

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If you took the absolute worst Japanese Godzilla movie ever created, replaced the giant lizard monster with a big can of shaving cream, and turned the entire cast into a bunch of stop-motion origami swans, you would then have a movie that makes four times as much sense as Roland Emmerich’s completely misguided 1998 remake. Even if you’ve never seen the movie, you have to remember that it was the film whose soundtrack featured Puff Daddy and Jimmy Page’s awe-crippling remake of Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir.” (Though it did feature the superb Rage Against the Machine song “No Shelter,” but that’s hardly justification.)

I don’t know how it took this long, but CinemaSins finally brought their fun-filled brand of sarcasm to what is probably the worst film of director Roland Emmerich’s mainstream career. Okay, okay. That was definitely 10,000 B.C., but at least that film sucked because there wasn’t much of a screenplay. Godzilla sucked because its screenplay was so very obvious from the word “go.”

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Independence Day Gets Blown Up By Honest Trailers

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Screen Junkies’ “Honest Trailers” video series has given us here at Giant Freakin’ Robot a lot to laugh at since they started skewering the biggest and baddest of cinema. Inception and Prometheus are two memorable standouts. Well, now that Roland Emmerich’s rumors of an Independence Day sequel have developed enough to start dropping casting news, it seems like the perfect time to not be consumed by our petty differences anymore, and to be united in a common interest. And that interest involves skewering Independence Day for being the enjoyably corny hodgepodge of science fiction that it is.