Why Are There No Longer Back-to-Back 'Independence Day' Sequels?
As development of Independence Day sequel has been dragging its feet over the years, the involvement of Will Smith has always been up in the air. However, the most recent update saw 20th Century Fox finally give a greenlight to the follow-up that's been due for about 20 years now. And while there have been rumblings of back-to-back sequels in the works, right now Fox is only focusing on one sequel, but that doesn't mean there won't be two eventually. But in this world of cinematic universe, reboot and sequel planning, just why are they holding back? Thankfully, producer Dean Devlin has discussed that decision.
Nerd Report caught up with Devlin recently, and he was brought some refreshing news:
We decided just to do one first to make sure that people like where we’re going. If that works well, there’s an ability to do some world building which would be really fun and interesting to do. I think Roland and everybody felt, let’s just make sure 20 years later that people still are interested. I think in our case, we started to feel that maybe we were being a little bit arrogant by assuming that we could do two movies. We said you know what, let’s scale it down. Let’s first make sure that it works for everyone.
Unlike all the studios just assuming that everyone wants big interconnected universes with every new film franchise, we're glad to see that Fox decided to slow their roll and make sure that people still want to turn out for just one film before trying to plan a sequel that will rely on a third film for resolution. That's something that Paramount Pictures probably should have done with the Terminator franchise reboot, but Terminator: Genisys is already slated to have two sequels follow the new film (watch the teaser trailer here). For now, we'll just have to wait and see what Independence Day 2 has to offer. Excited?