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Will Smith (Probably) Not Getting on Board with 'Independence Day 2'

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February 7, 2014
Source: Deadline

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As it has been for the past few years, it appears Will Smith is still up in the air as to whether or not he wants to star in Independence Day 2. A new "update" from Deadline reports that Smith has already informed 20th Century Fox that he won't be signing on for the sequel to the 1996 sci-fi blockbuster which is currently slated to land in theaters exactly 20 years later in July of 2016. However, there's some conflicting, ass-covering backtracking because the article also says, "I was told not to set this in stone, because Smith has been back and forth before on whether to make the movie, though I hear he is pretty much decided."

Anyway, whether or not Smith does the sequel, the project won't need to be delayed. We already heard last fall that Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich prepared two scripts with James Vanderbilt for just this occasion. One script included Will Smith in their plans for the sequel, while the other distinctly different script left him out. The sequel was said to focus on Smith's character's step-son, but we're not sure if that's the case in both versions of the script. Smith is expected to have the final conversation with Emmerich about his involvement very soon, but it ain't over until the fat lady sings, so we'll keep you posted. Worried?

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  • BreakingChad
    So instead of there being a 100% chance of it being pure shit it's now 75%. A step in the right direction. Just needs a new director and it will probably be OK.
  • Trey Wilson
    Awww, hell no.
  • Fidel Reyes
    Hopefully he doesn't get Jaden involved... man screw After Earth.
  • Avi
    he will not be missed! it's in de special effects they should put there money in...
  • Perry Pijnenburg
    Make the goddamn movie already. If Will Smith isn't in, fuck 'm. Plenty of other actors who can kick alien ass and mumble a catchphrase like "Welcome to earth!". Stop wasting our time with this 'will he, won't he' bullshit.
  • Rock n Rollllll
    Probably a good idea. Will hasnt brough his A-game since Badboys 2
  • Ehsan Davodi
    CGI GOD ART WILL NOT WANT WILL
  • DAVIDPD
    Welcome to Erf.
  • ProjectionistHP
    Oh god. If he signs in on this one, the stepson is likely to be that godawul Jaiden. I thinks this would actually be much much better without his character
  • Wafffles
    I always thought it was kind of funny that everyone is oh-so-cheerful when the humans win at the end of ID4...you barely beat the first wave, don't you think they'll bring reinforcements? Like, you know, a massively superior second wave/main force to squash whatever weird life-form managed to kill their measly scout ships? It would actually be kind of amusing if Jaiden got the part and then the main alien army/air force obliterates mankind and humanity perishes all cuz of him.
  • avconsumer2
    Wow. Lots of Smith hate here. I'll diverge once again. It won't really be a sequel unless he's in it. But, pretty lame imo to not do the sequel to one of your career defining films. (Unless the script sucked THAT bad.) Probably a rental for me if he's not in it.

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