A few months back director Roland Emmerich made it clear that Will Smith was “too expensive” and would not be returning for either of his planned Independence Day sequels. However, in an interview with Digital Spy (below), Emmerich appears to have changed his tune somewhat.
Doing yet more press rounds (this time in Australia) for his US flop, White House Down, Emmerich spoke about Independence Day 2 and hinted at him and Smith having talks. Now, it could be that after his almighty flop, After Earth, Smith has changed his tune, and who could blame him. Independence Day was one of the major films which made him a star and a household name, and no doubt fans would love to see him return.
Emmerich also confirms that the first sequel will not be ready until 2015 or 2016. Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum have officially signed on to return.
Also in the interview, Emmerich touches on his plans for rebooting the Stargate franchise.
Here are all the details we have so far on Independence Day 2 and 3, including Emmerich’s previous comments about Smith’s inclusion.
Director Roland Emmerich recently spoke of his plans for two sequels to Independence Day, which had been using the titles ID Forever Part 1 and Part 2 (it has not been confirmed these will be the titles). He said the sequels will take place 20-25 years after the first film:
”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.”
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].”