Independence Day 2 edges forward

News Simon Brew 10 Jul 2012 - 06:22
Independence Day

It finally seems that there's a story in place for a follow-up to Independence Day 2. Might the film be happening after all...?

The long-talked-about potential sequel to Independence Day is one of those projects that we'd always suspected would never actually make it to fruition. Granted, every year or so, Roland Emmerich gives an interview, is asked about it, and seems to indicate the film is still just about active. But Independence Day 2 seems no closer to happening now than it was a decade ago.

Or is it? Because what's changed this time is that Emmerich is back working together with writer and producer Dean Devlin for the first time in a decade. And, according to Devlin, Independence Day 2 is the pair's focus.

Revealing that he and Emmerich are excited about the idea of the film, Devlin says that "whether or not we can make this happen, if we can get all the pieces to come together, that’s gonna be challenging. But creatively, for the very first time since we did the original, I feel we have a worthy concept, a worthy path to go".

He went on to say that "we didn’t want to make a movie because it was financially a good idea, we only wanted to do it when we had an idea and a concept that creatively felt like it honoured the first one - that it felt like an organic sequel as opposed to ‘let’s just go make some more money'".

And?

"I feel like we got it. I think it took a long time, but I feel like we finally got something that really feels like 'that's worth seeing as a sequel to Independence Day".

It seems he's serious too, as he also revealed in the interview that "we're beginning a long process of talking to everybody. We'll just have to see what happens".

There's no timing mentioned, nor do we know if the likes of Will Smith, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum are interested in doing the new film. But we'll keep you posted as we find out more...

The Hollywood Reporter.

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