Latest on the Independence Day sequels

News Simon Brew
13 May 2013 - 06:01

Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin have been chatting about Independence Day, and its possible follow-up(s)...

Sooner or later, you can't help but feel that somebody's just going to have to make a decision. A pair of sequels to the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day have been on the cards even longer than the mooted Ghostbusters 3 now, and both director Roland Emmerich and writer/producer Dean Devlin have chatted about the project on and off. However, things didn't look good when the planned 3D re-release of Independence Day for this year was cancelled. It was suspected that the new 3D version would have served as a firing gun for the sequels.

But not so. And Devlin and Emmerich attended a screening of Independence Day over the weekend at the Hero Complex Film Festival, where the former confirmed that "things have to align ... the planets have to get together" for the sequel(s) to happen. There doesn't appear to much progress.

They did offer hints on the next stage of the story. Roland Emmerich revealed that he and Devlin have chatted about the origin of the film's aliens. He described them as a "swarm intelligence, and we are individual intelligence – and even if we kill each other … we have something very special, we have this indomitable human spirit".

Emmerich confirmed that when it came time to release the original, that he and his team worked like the clappers to make sure they beat Mars Attacks! into cinemas - “I knew that we had to come out first, before the satire comes out – I mean the other way around would have been weird” - and also said that it was likely Jeff Goldblum would be asked back if the Independence Day follow-ups got off the ground.

There's no clear sign that they are doing right now. But we will, of course, keep you posted...

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