It was back in November that Fox greenlit the long gestating Independence Day sequel, and it has been reported that Roland Emmerich (writer/director of the first film) will once again direct based on an original script written by himself and Dean Devlin (co-writer of the first film).
While it has been heavily reported that Will Smith will not be returning, it now appears that a leading man is being tracked down. The Wrap reports that Chris Hemsworth’s younger brother Liam (The Hunger Games) has been offered the leading role.
No details have been revealed about who exactly Hemsworth would be playing, but the potential casting is exciting. There have also been rumours of Michael B. Jordan also joining the cast. Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum have confirmed they are returning.
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.
Production is rumoured to begin in May.
While no official plot details have yet been released, back in 2013 Emmerich revealed the following details about the sequel:
“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….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”