'World War Z' & 'Independence Day' Sequels Both Get New Writers

May 28, 2014

World War Z / Independence Day

Zombies and aliens both have new projects on the way with the upcoming sequels to World War Z and Independence Day. The former is fresh off the success from 2013 while the other has been in the works for 20 years. But both projects are in the same boat as each of them has landed new writers. First up, World War Z already has a director attached with The Impossible helmer J.A. Bayona behind the camera and Brad Pitt back in the lead. Now Variety has word that Locke director and writer Steven Knight has been tapped to script the sequel. Could his isolated, real-time story key us into the kind of follow-up we'll get for World War Z? It's hard to say, but with no book as source material this time around, anything is possible. Read on!

As for Independence Day, the original script from James Vanderbilt is ready for a rewrite. Variety has word that Carter Blanchard will give the sequel an overhaul for director Roland Emmerich. Blanchard is a lesser known writer who is working on Kindergarten Heroes for Mark Millar and Fox and an adaptation of the video game Spyhunter for Warner Bros. His work must have impressed the right people at Fox if they're hiring him to rewrite something as big as Independence Day 2. Again, no plot details are known, but Will Smith is reportedly not coming back, and the film will take place in real-time after the events of the first. Do audiences care 20 years later? Only time will tell.

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Reader Feedback - 14 Comments


Does it really matter who writes an ID sequel?

OfficialJab on May 28, 2014


Yeah, it kinda does. Because without a screenplay, there is no movie.

Trey Wilson on May 28, 2014


I think Jab was getting more to the point of Emmerich's helming of the project will be more of a definitive voice than the character's.

DAVIDPD on May 28, 2014


Everybody's right!!! Yay! Nothing spectacular about these movies but they are both guilty pleasures of mine.

Jon Odishaw on May 28, 2014


The Impossible helmer J.A. Bayona behind the camera. This news is good.

Xerxexx on May 28, 2014


It can also be argued Marc Foster sounded like a great choice to helm the first film, so am going to be remaining highly skeptical of this sequel. Hopefully nothing along the lines of studio interference will happen again.

DJ Jack Ryan Hardy on May 28, 2014


Agreed. SEX had such was just an okay film. Shame James Badge Dale's character died. Anyways The Impossible was a great I have some hope.

Xerxexx on May 29, 2014


I watched 5 minutes of The Impossible...the accents are HORRIBLE.

Asturias_Knytt on May 29, 2014


That's a you problem.

Xerxexx on May 29, 2014


Independence Day 2 can't work without Will Smith, as simple as that.

DJ Jack Ryan Hardy on May 28, 2014


"...with no book as source material this time around, anything is possible" i love that phrase. He makes it sound as if they used anything from the book the first time round (except the title).

falo on May 29, 2014


Well, the story wasn't the same in the least, but the style of the zombies and the focus on these kind of characters came from the book, even if the narrative was completely different.

Ethan Anderton on May 29, 2014


I know World War Z did well at the Box Office, but man....compared to many many classic Zombie films it was a total World Bore Zzzzzzzz

TheOct8pus on May 29, 2014


There is no discussion that both were great movies and I liked world war z a bit more. And both will have great sequels but indepence day will have a harder job to do because it's a classic movie!

Avi on May 29, 2014

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