Emmerich's Independence Day Sequel Probably Isn't Happening
Our friends at Latino Review are reporting that the sequel to Independence Day that Roland Emmerich has been developing has been stalled do to troubles working out "deals" with all the big players involved (producers, stars, and so on). Wait, wait, wait. There's a sequel to Independence Day in the works? "Oh yeah! There's a story. There's a very really good great story, a very cool one," Emmerich said. This is the very first time I've ever heard of this at all. And it probably won't be happening anyway because everyone wants a bigger cut? Good riddance! This is an odd little news story with a happy ending (at least for the time being).
The real story is that, obviously when Independence Day made over $300 million back in 1996, Fox has wanted to make a sequel ever since (it's Hollywood's thing to dig up franchises and reboot them nowadays). Emmerich, who never seems to run out of ideas (unfortunately they're not always the greatest), apparently has an idea for a sequel. Thankfully, he won't let Fox make it without Will Smith, which is a smart move.
"[Producer] Dean Devlin and I are still set to make a sequel likely because we've found some sort of idea and we approached Fox and Fox has not quite figured out how to incorporate Dean's and my deal, and Will's (Smith) deal. Will wants to do it in some sort of a package they can live with."
"So it's just been in negations now since forever, and naturally Fox says 'Why don't you do it without Will Smith?' I said Will is essential for us, for this movie and actually for the audience too. And, so, it's in limbo and lately the studios are fighting. Like gross players, and Will is a gross player and is probably the only gross player right now who's worth his gross. So we'll see what happens. I would love to do it."
As you may or may not remember, Emmerich sold his latest epic disaster movie, 2012, in a package deal to Sony last year. He pitched the entire thing, including marketing plans, the complete budget, everything, to a bunch of different studios. This guy is a businessman-filmmaker combined, for better or worse, and it seems like he's been fighting Fox on this Independence Day sequel for a while. I've been trying to grapple with the idea of seeing a sequel, especially because I still love the original, but I just can't see it turning out any good. What if Michael Bay were to direct it? Nah, he's off building even bigger giant effin' robots. Thoughts?