Tonight Fox have finally greenlit the Independence Day sequel, so confirms Deadline. It has also been confirmed that production is slated to commence next May, and the film is currently on track to meet its 24th June 2016 release date.
While we have known this for some time now, the report also says that Will Smith will NOT return, but that should he agree, or if the budget can afford him, then it is highly likely that a deal would be made. For now though, Smith is most definitely not returning.
Director of the original film, Roland Emmerich, is expected to return to direct, and Fox are now looking to close a deal for Emmerich’s return. This is expected to happen quickly, then casting can begin.
It has been reported that the Independence Day sequel would be two films shot back to back, but it looks like this is no longer the case as Fox only greenlit one film.
Nicolas Wright and James A. Woods wrote the script. Carter Blanchard rewrote the first draft of the script that was done by Emmerich and Dean Devlin, and then James Vanderbilt. Emmerich is producing with Devlin and Harald Kloser. The green light means that Fox, Emmerich and Devlin can release the film for the 2016 July 4 weekend, marking the 20th anniversary of the 1996 original that grossed $811 million worldwide.