‘Independence Day’ sequels are coming, Roland Emmerich shares some interesting details


Two sequels to Roland Emmerich’s classic 1996 alien invasion flick, Independence Day, have been on the cards for some time. We already know that Will Smith will not be returning, but apart from the fact we will be getting two sequels, very little is known on where the story goes next, until now…

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, director Roland Emmerich was promoting his new film, White House Down, but was also asked about the status of his Independence Day sequels, titled ID Forever Part 1 and ID Forever Part 2 (yikes!!!). Emmerich and writer and producer Dean Devlin (who wrote and produced the original film) sat down to write the sequels back to back recently, and it sounds like things are moving forward nicely.

Emmerich has explained that the sequels will take place twenty years after the events of Independence Day, and that the original alien invaders sent a distress call to their own kind for help:

”The humans knew that one day the aliens would come back, and they know that the only way you can really travel in space is through wormholes. So for the aliens, it could take two or three weeks, but for us that’s 20 or 25 years.”

Now, while we know that the big star of the first film, Will Smith, is unlikely to return, Emmerich does confirm that Bill Pullman (who played the President in the original) will be back. Emmerich also spoke of plans for new characters:

While there may be some familiar faces in the sequels — Bill Pullman has already confirmed that he is onboard; Will Smith has not — their storylines will focus on a new generation of human heroes, including the stepson of Will Smith’s Independence Daycharacter (played in that film by Ross Bagley). “It’s still some of the same characters, but also new younger characters; it’s a little bit like the sons take over,” says Emmerich, who promises that the first sequel will have a cliffhanger ending to keep audiences coming back for more. “The first one ends on a little success, but only enough to give the humans hope. And then in the second one they free themselves again [from the aliens].”

Further details on the film explained how humans have been attempting to use the aliens technology, and have had twenty years to learn how it works.Naturally, the world will be looking alot different from the first film, and Emmerich has already begun working with his art department to design the look of the film:

“It’s a changed world. It’s like parallel history. [Humans] have harnessed all this alien technology. We don’t know how to duplicate it because it’s organically-grown technology, but we know how to take an antigravity device and put it in a human airplane.”

Finally, when asked about what was left for the aliens to destroy after the destruction in the first film, Emerich answered with a smile:

 “We’ve rebuilt. But [the aliens] also do different things.”


(Source: EW)

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