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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Having watched Mars Attacks years after it was released, I always assumed it was made to directly parody Independence Day, not that it just so happened to be coming out at the same time. That lucked out for them!

This was great fun at the time, but the time for a sequel has long since come and gone and these guys have done plenty of cheesy disaster pictures since amply demonstrating they have no ideas.

Independence Day was an average movie at best. It definitely was that big box office popcorn summer hit but at its core it lacked a good story and was filled with cheesy moments that make you cringe today when watching it. It's one of those movies that is fun to watch at a theater and you buy the movie on DVD when it comes out and watch it and think to yourself "that really was not a good movie".

Movie sequels are always a tricky business and almost always the sequels fail to be as good as the first and if the first film is not good then what are you left with?

The end. Where they are walking towards loved ones with cigars.... just thinking of it makes me sad the universe began.

don't do a sequel...fun movie...doesn't need a 2013 sequel...

While we're discussing Independence Day, can someone explain to me why Americans insist on calling it ID4?

Because it takes place on The Fourth of July - the day the Founding Fathers signed The Declaration of Independence.

ID4 was the initial name of the title. I remember seeing previews for this movie in theaters before it was released being called ID4, and the Superbowl commercial that aired the year it came out had the title as ID4. I am not sure when the movie was renamed Independence Day, but for a long time(5 months or so), the actual title was ID4

"Stargate" and "ID4" are the only Roland Emmerich films I enjoy. After that, his films became far to politically correct, which is why they're pretty much never seen again. ID4.b could be tons of fun.

I was in the US when ID was released and had my first experience of US cinemas long before my provincial town had anything but a 1950's style Odeon. I remember being wowed by the massive seats and thundering sound, and got swept away with American patriotism to the point where I found myself wooping and hollering at the Presidents speech. I returned to the UK full of praise for this amazing film and bigged it up to all my friends. We went to see it en masse and lets just say that the repeat viewing lost a hell of a lot for not being seen with an American crowd in an American cinema. It took many years for my friends to trust my judgement on films after that. Anyhoo, a sequel? meh.

A sequel won't work because the alien grandmothership won't be compatible with Windows 8 or Android devices. Only the old-school Apple Macs.

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