Fox Pulls 'Independence Day' 3D Re-Release from the 2013 Schedule
"I ain't heard no fat lady!" No more Independence Day in 3D next year after all. Originally scheduled for a 3D update and re-release (like Universal's Jurassic Park 3D update) on July 3rd smack in the middle of next summer, 20th Century Fox has pulled the film from the schedule. The update comes from Box Office Mojo (via Cinema Blend), where they've changed the official date to "TBD" instead. ComingSoon is calling this a complete cancellation, but we have yet to hear that confirmation from Fox, however this isn't a good sign for the 1996 Roland Emmerich/Will Smith action classic getting a 3D makeover. Has it been cancelled?
In addition to this Independence Day 3D release date change, which as of now includes no other details regarding the update, Fox has changed a few other 3D dates. Following Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm, Fox is taking advantage of the rest of the Star Wars films they still have the rights on (e.g. all six that currently exist). While we knew they were planning to re-release the second & third prequels late next year, the dates have been shifted up: Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (in 3D) arrives on September 20th, and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (in 3D) arrives October 4th two weeks later.
As for Independence Day, while we may not be getting this 3D version, don't forget there is still supposedly two back-to-back sequels in the works. The last time we heard about them was in July of this year, where producer Dean Devlin said: "I feel like we got it. I think it took a long time, but I feel like we finally got something that really feels like, 'that's worth seeing as a sequel to Independence Day.'" Maybe this is why they pulled it? Only time will tell, but for now expect Jurassic Park as the only 90's 3D conversion of 2013.