Plot details for Independence Day sequels revealed

News Simon Brew 27 Mar 2013 - 07:51

Details emerge on the Independence Day sequels, ID Forever Part 1 and ID Forever Part 2...

Roland Emmerich is a busy man right now. Whilst Olympus Has Fallen is doing solid business at the box office, he's putting the finishing touches to his thematically-similar White House Down, which is arriving in cinemas this September. There's a trailer for it here.

As part of a bit of promotional work for the work, Roland Emmerich has done an interview with Entertainment Weekly, and the subject of his long-mooted Independence Day sequels came up. Turns out, they're still very much on the cards. So what's the latest on the project?

Well, Bill Pullman will be returning, although Will Smith has not signed on at this stage. The main focus is set to be his character's stepson from the first film, with the emphasis on new, younger lead actors and actresses.

Emmerich, along with co-writer Dean Devlin, has put together two screenplays, that are currently getting a bit of spit and polish from James Vanderbilt. "The humans knew that one day the aliens would come back", teased Emmerich, "and they know that the only way you can really travel through space is through wormholes. So for the aliens, it could take two or three weeks, but for us, that's 20 or 25 years".

This seems to suggest that the new films will take place somewhere around 2015 (and will have a tinge of Stargate to them). We're betting Bill Pullman's character won't be President anymore then.

Emmerich also added that "It’s a changed world. It’s like parallel history. [Human beings] 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".

It's a common skill, certainly. But as Emmerich warns, it's not just the humans that have adapted. The aliens "also do different things".

When we have more news on ID Forever Parts 1 and 2 (that still appears to be the working name for the two films) we'll let you know.

See also: the plot problems with an Independence Day sequel.

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hope the sequels aren't as offensive as the first one

"with the emphasis on new, younger lead actors and actresses"
So another vehicle for Jaden Smith then, if they want daddy to sign up... :/

Offensive? How so?

The aliens "also do different things".
Got rid of their USB ports maybe?

Nah, they just installed anti virus software.

I'm going with "I say old bean, it's about time the Yanks worked out how to beat these bally aliens since there was no chance we British could ever accomplish that". (Actual quote from movie). Though more annoying than offensive.

Yeah, at that point I started actually routing for the aliens to destroy the planet.

I'd be a bit more interested in this if I hadn't seen 2012.

Gotta love pissing off the Brits! Time for some fish and chips with a spot of tea!

I'm so glad there are others out there that feel the same way about ID, particularly in reference to the above quote from the movie. I found it totally ruined the film for me - I don't mind a bit of yank back slapping as after all its an American movie, but that was downright offensive.

The Aliens will just come back with Mac computers this time. Everyone knows you don't get viruses on those...

You guys need to chill, yes the 3 second toffericious representation of the english was laughable, but this was a great movie. Looking forward to this and hoping Will Smith doesn't price himself out of appearing.... What what tally ho!


Better than a supersized McDonalds and a 3 litre (<< correct spelling) bottle of Mountain Dew...

Er, what about Jeff Goldblum, best thing in the movie?

ID4 was great semi-goofy fun back in '96, when it was the first film I can recall that took real advantage of the Internet. I gleefully downloaded all sorts of catchphrases and videos from it.

The movie doesn't play as well today, though, as I noticed when I watched it again last summer.

>Well, Bill Pullman will be returning, although Will Smith has not signed on at this stage. The main focus is set to be his character's stepson from the first film, with the emphasis on new, younger lead actors and actresses.

Oh tish tosh a spot of tea and they'll be right as rain, Guvnuh! Don't forget that they made fun of Cubans in bad boys 2 so at least they're equal opportunity racists. Cheerio! (Honestly I'd prefer a lucky charm but wo can have just one?)

I love when British people moan and get offended by Americans being jingoistic and dismissive pf other countries. The irony is staggering, and I say that as a Brit myself. Independence Day is a fun movie, and the OTT cheesy "America saves the world" vibe is part of its charm, helped by the fact it has its tongue placed firmly in its cheek.


this time the aliens will be unstoppable as they've installed the latest version of Mcafee anti-virus software.


So the aliens are hipsters who see themselves as "creative"?

I worked in IT when the original came out and found the movie too silly for words and made me dislike will smith intensely - the plot/dialog was just complete rubbish. I only got back on-board with Will's movies when i saw The Pursuit of Happiness when he did something of worth. It makes me sad they are even thinking of making a second one. I was hoping it would remind dead and buried for all eternity....of course i know i have to choice not to watch...but I just worry for my fellow man....:-)

You're complaining about Americans making fun of Brits in an American film called "Independence Day" which is definitely using the whole July 4th symbolism thing for all it's worth? Think about it.

No I'm not. I'm not complaining at all. I'm just pointing out which part of the film I thought the OP was complaining about. I said it was more annoying than insulting - and again, it doesn't annoy me. I think it's kind of funny. I'm one of those Brits that hates British accents in my movies (for the most part).

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