Will Smith is Just Too Expensive to Return for 'Independence Day 2'
The release of Roland Emmerich's new summer blockbuster White House Down is just days away, and following Fox's announcement of an Independence Day sequel dated for summer 2015, you can bet the filmmaker has been fielding questions about the long developing project. Initially, the plan Emmerich recently discussed included two sequels called ID Forever Part I and Part II, which would take place 20 years after the events of the first film, when alien reinforcements finally arrive to attack Earth. But the humans aren't unprepared this time. One of the biggest questions was whether or not the original film's star Will Smith, now an international sensation, would return, and it sounds like he's just too expensive now.
“Will Smith cannot come back because he’s too expensive, but he’d also be too much of a marquee name. It would be too much. We have like maybe half of the people that you know would know from the first film [in the script] and the other half people who are new.”
So there you have it. This make sense considering one of the new human heroes is supposed to include Smith's stepson Dylan, played in the original film by Ross Bagley. Bill Pullman has also expressed interest in returning, but it's likely he couldn't be president after 20 years have passed. Maybe he's a senator or something like that. Either way, Emmerich points out that this is certainly a direct sequel and not a franchise restart, "We're not doing a total reboot, we're doing something that's totally unusual." We're not sure what may make this sequel so unusual, but right now the focus is only on one sequel, so stay tuned.