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Emmerich Says He Has Two Independence Day Sequels Lined Up

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November 12, 2009
Source: MTV

Independence Day

Roland Emmerich's latest world-destruction movie, 2012, hits theaters this weekend (I've seen it, it's totally awesome, by the way), which means most people are going to be talking about Emmerich's illustrious career once again. Say what you will, but my favorite Emmerich film is still Independence Day from 1996, and most people I know agree with me. So how about a sequel? Well, we reported in October that Emmerich has been developing one, but that it probably wasn't going to happen. However, MTV has a new interview with Emmerich and he seems much more enthusiastic, even revealing that the story would span two movies.

"What we want to do in the next – it's actually two movies – we want to do a bigger arc," he explained to MTV. "Independence Day was always like the king who leads his troops into battle against an evil force, and that stays like that." That makes little sense, but whatever. How about a title? "ID4-Ever, Part I and II maybe?" he suggests. Totally cheesy, but that's Emmerich for you. He might as well just use another year, considering his last two movies have been years as well (2012 and 10,000 BC). If you ever want a good topic of discussion with your friends, bring up the idea of what could happen in an Independence Day sequel. Let's hear what Emmerich has to say:

"There's an idea [but not a script yet]," he said. "The idea is just to continue the story and actually I don't know how many years ago this was—twelve, thirteen, fourteen years ago—and just continue where it ended."

Where it ended? I thought it ended with all the aliens killed. Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum went up into space and destroyed the mothership. And everyone on earth, including poor ole Randy Quaid, had killed off all the invading ships. Where is the story beyond that? Well, they could come back, even more pissed off, and it sounds like that's the case. These are probably some intelligent aliens and they've got an entire solar system worth of backup troops ready to kick some ass if needs be. Emmerich confirms: "One day we will do it and that the story will stay firmly on the planet. It's always about earth and that earth gets invaded."

And don't worry, they won't make this without Will Smith. But at least it's good to hear that it will happen, at least according to Emmerich. I've already been talking with my friends earlier this week about seeing this happen, so I know I'm not alone in my excitement. Here's to hoping it's as good as the original. Can't wait?

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  • Film Fan
    Lucky us.
  • Tra la la la la di da
    Alex...you're an idiot and not a true fan. Do we forget their entire civilization traveled from planet to planet? What he probably means is as the story didn't end. Were there invasion ships out? What about troops? What about the ships that were not near major areas to be attacked? That's what the book was and it was a pretty good read although not sure about two movies. Still, they can't just have more come from space again. Same story...but they could make a sequel. I'm rather happy without one but if he must...
  • Vegegeeta-geeta
    Great, anther Emmerich movie for people like me to comlain about!! I wonder how THIS one will screw itself over!!
  • germs
    #2 - no need to get all butt hurt. What he prob. meant was that the first movie ended on such a positive note. Everything was wrapped up nicely, and people sacrificed their lives for that. You run the risk of making it all for naught if the aliens just show up again, with even more firepower, ready to blow away all humans.
  • Cody
    Ugh Emmerich is a moron..... "Independence Day was always like the king who leads his troops into battle against an evil force, and that stays like that." Wtf does that even mean?!
  • DRM
    I don't think "more aliens come from space" is such a stretch. In the first movie, they just assumed the big ship was the "Mothership" and had all the aliens in it. When the British colonized America. They didn't send ALL of England. That's not how colonization works. Especially not a militarized occupation force like in the movie. Logically, what we saw in I.D. was only a small fraction of the entire alien population. Furthermore, the idea that this alien species traveled from world to world opens up a whole new angle of possibilities. Those world's likely had intelligent life on them, life that could have escaped the aliens original invasion. So it's possible that a secondary alien species could come to Earth, either to defend it, use it as a base to avenge their own world, or even to try to invade it also. There's tons of possibilities that the story could go down.
  • Spider
    Personally, I would have preferred Emmerich take another stab at the "Universal Soldier" series! With the imminent, "The Expendables", releasing next year, I'm sure we will see other semi-forgotten stars or slightly faded,....or simply unemployed actors of yesteryear making sudden appearances or comebacks of some sort. This would have been a great opportunity to seize for all involved, instead of the DTV fare that we'll soon see. I also think Emmerich should just put the "Independence Day" sequel talk/ideas to bed!! :)
  • Bry from Chi
    I would be curious as to see how these movies would play out. What the heck, lets blow up some more aliens, the world and a few off worlds.
  • Xerxex
    "Hi I'm Ronald and I've been destroying the world since 1996." as for the sequels I would like to see where the aliens came from, and he better hire a good script writer!
  • JCal
    Hey if Will and Jeff are down, I'll certainly give it a shot. If nothing else at least it will be a good popcorn movie.
  • Just saw 2012. The only thing that was epic or disastrous about this movie was the movie itself. Amazing compositing and effects but for nothing. I didn't care for one moment what was going to happen.
  • Just read my comment and I need to clarify. It was an epically BAD movie!
  • Josveta
    I love Emmerich and Independence Day, but I remember him saying he had 2 Stargate sequels in mind that he was very keen on filming, even thou the television show has had something like 14 or so season including all spin offs!
  • Hated Independence Day. My brain literally translated the topic of this article to "Emmerich Taking Two More Dumps, Filming." I do have to wonder how these aliens could possibly survive for more than two minutes now that so many people have an iPhone. You saw how quickly a mac laptop took down the aliens in the first movie.
  • splinter
    this is just a really dumb idea
  • Metatasian
    I cant even get my windows XP machine to talk to my Vista laptop and they managed to hook up an apple mac (which is terrible for networking) to a completely alien system, upload a virus and shut them down.... Brilliant, Brilliant script writing!!!!!
  • Victor
    If they base the sequel on the aliens that remained on earth after the destruction of the mother ship wouldn't that be District 9? hahahaha Anyway, say that maybe the mother ship was just one of many mother ships, and the rest of the alien civilization came to earth and invade it, that would be the same plot of the first one all over again, don't you think?
  • ?????
    I'd rather them leave it alone, its such a great movie by itself.
  • wHiskey Tango…
    Em's a popcorn flick guy, plain and simple. ID4, Day after Tomorrow, 10,000BC, 2012... All the same product "type." Like a jackie chan flick, you have to know what it is and enjoy it for what it's worth. Em's got a pretty good popcorn flick footprint.
  • wHiskey Tango…
    Oh and lets not forget Universal Soldier, Stargate, Godzilla & the Patriot :) ALL Popcorn clicks.
  • The humans barely won the last time they met, it was only by luck that the computer systems established a network via wifi that they were able to upload the virus, plus the aliens use mind control, looks like the humans are going to get hammered in act 2, and finally triumph again in act 3, just like Star Wars...
  • jonny5
    independace day was sick, how do ya top that? I couldnt see it working without the man will smith in it.
  • Nuika
    As long as it is good and not built on CGI effects. That would make me happy...also if all the same people were in the movie but I know that may be asking too much.
  • As long as Jeff Goldblum is still in it... Yay.
  • LANDO
    wow!!! I love when a crappy movie gets two sequels!! its like the matrix all over again!!!!

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