'Independence Day 2' May Arrive in 2016 But Will Smith Might Join
In the middle of the summer, 20th Century Fox set Independence Day 2 for release on July 3rd, 2015, which got fans excited for the long-gestating sequel to arrive. However, speaking with Digital Spy, director Roland Emmerich said that a release in 2016 might be more likely. Honestly, that release date would make more sense considering the film is supposed to take place 20 years after the events of the first film, with alien reinforcements arriving after traveling through a wormhole. We're not sure if Fox is aware of Emmerich's thoughts on the release date getting pushed back a year, but it's still early days for the sequel.
Speaking of development on Independence Day 2, though Roland Emmerich has discussed the possibility and likelihood of Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman returning in some capacity, the director said that Will Smith was likely too expensive to return to the sequel in a lead role. Plus, the follow-up was supposed to have a mix of old and new characters, so Smith wasn't necessarily needed for the film. But now Emmerich says he hasn't ruled out Smith for a smaller role, and will be meeting with the A-list star soon to discuss the possibility of him returning.
Digital Spy spoke to Emmerich who said, "I sometimes say no, Will Smith will not be in it because he didn't want to do it at first. Now we have a meeting planned, we want to talk about it again. Anything can happen." That's not necessarily confirmation that Smith will appear, but fans would definitely want to see what Captain Steven Hiller is up to now. There have been rumblings that one of the new human heroes would include Smith's step-son Dylan, played in the original film by Ross Bagley, so he could just pass the torch on to his step-son. Or maybe they can both whoop ET's ass. We'll see.