Roland Emmerich Wants Series of New 'Independence Day' Movies
Just a couple of months ago, some details surfaced on the gestating sequels to the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day. Director Roland Emmerich said there would be two sequels called ID Forever Part I and Part II which take place 20 years after the first film when alien reinforcements finally arrive to attack Earth. But the humans aren't unprepared this time. Well, Emmerich talked a little more about the future of Independence Day at a screening at the LA Times Hero Complex Film Festival, and it sounds like he and co-writer and producer Dean Devlin have their eye on more than just two film sequels. Read on!
At the very least, they want to get one of their sequels off the ground. SlashFilm has Devlin saying:
"Roland and I would really like to do one. We have some pretty darn good ideas on how to do one and, hopefully, that will all come together. A lot of things have to align. The planets have to piece together and if they do, it’ll happen."
But then Emmerich expanded that idea, and seemed to indicate they have more grandiose ideas, complete with diving into more of the mythology and thus working on a whole series of films:
"That’s actually what we talked a lot about. The mythology of why did the aliens come in the first place, what is the bigger story of this whole thing? And we talked a lot about swarm intelligence. And [the humans] are individual intelligence. Even though we kill each other and have wars against each other, we have something special. We have this domino human spirit to believe in good and over coming enemies. And it’s a little bit about that and when you get a bigger mythology going, I think then you have the chance to do not only one or two or three but you can create a series and that’s what we want to do."
Looking at that last quote again, I'm not sure if he means a series of films, or if maybe they want to create a TV series in addition to a few film sequels. Either way, it's clear that Devlin and Emmerich have been thinking about continuing that story that began with Independence Day, and as long as Fox bites, then we'll see that happen at some point. While talking about the prospect of sequels, the two writers did indicate that there would be a place for Jeff Goldblum to return (he attended the festival as well), but Will Smith is likely harder to get on board for multiple films. After all, one of the elements of the sequel has been said to be utilizing Will Smith's step-son from the first film as one of the heroes. For now this project is just an idea that could turn into a movie, but we're hoping that changes with time. Thoughts?