Emmerich's Independence Day Sequel Probably Isn't Happening

October 12, 2009
Source: Latino Review

Independence Day

Our friends at Latino Review are reporting that the sequel to Independence Day that Roland Emmerich has been developing has been stalled do to troubles working out "deals" with all the big players involved (producers, stars, and so on). Wait, wait, wait. There's a sequel to Independence Day in the works? "Oh yeah! There's a story. There's a very really good great story, a very cool one," Emmerich said. This is the very first time I've ever heard of this at all. And it probably won't be happening anyway because everyone wants a bigger cut? Good riddance! This is an odd little news story with a happy ending (at least for the time being).

The real story is that, obviously when Independence Day made over $300 million back in 1996, Fox has wanted to make a sequel ever since (it's Hollywood's thing to dig up franchises and reboot them nowadays). Emmerich, who never seems to run out of ideas (unfortunately they're not always the greatest), apparently has an idea for a sequel. Thankfully, he won't let Fox make it without Will Smith, which is a smart move.

"[Producer] Dean Devlin and I are still set to make a sequel likely because we've found some sort of idea and we approached Fox and Fox has not quite figured out how to incorporate Dean's and my deal, and Will's (Smith) deal. Will wants to do it in some sort of a package they can live with."

"So it's just been in negations now since forever, and naturally Fox says 'Why don't you do it without Will Smith?' I said Will is essential for us, for this movie and actually for the audience too. And, so, it's in limbo and lately the studios are fighting. Like gross players, and Will is a gross player and is probably the only gross player right now who's worth his gross. So we'll see what happens. I would love to do it."

As you may or may not remember, Emmerich sold his latest epic disaster movie, 2012, in a package deal to Sony last year. He pitched the entire thing, including marketing plans, the complete budget, everything, to a bunch of different studios. This guy is a businessman-filmmaker combined, for better or worse, and it seems like he's been fighting Fox on this Independence Day sequel for a while. I've been trying to grapple with the idea of seeing a sequel, especially because I still love the original, but I just can't see it turning out any good. What if Michael Bay were to direct it? Nah, he's off building even bigger giant effin' robots. Thoughts?

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The 10 minute sequel: There are more of these alien dudes out there and they are pissed that these punk ass people killed their buddies so they come to Earth and blow it the fuck up. Fin.

S on Oct 12, 2009


So there is a god after all.

Kevin on Oct 12, 2009


I loved the first movie but seriously, these aliens can travel across the universe but haven't figured a firewall or a fucking anti-virus program?

S on Oct 12, 2009


didn't know they were thinking about a sequel..

Jordan on Oct 12, 2009


I can remember that there was once a novel written by Stephen Molstad based on a idea of Devlin and Emmrich called "Silent Zone" that told the story of Dr. Okun. Its more like a prequel of ID4. I liked it then and would love to see it.

G on Oct 12, 2009


I would love to see a Independence Day sequel with Emmerich and Smith. Why not? That'd be a fun movie there right...

whomever on Oct 12, 2009


OH DARN!!!! I was so looking forward to watching another P.O.S. disguised as a movie by Emmerich. Oh well. I guess I can just look forward to the next Michael Bay abortion. Is anyone actually upset over this? ID4 is one of the most overhyped abominations of all time. Utter crap.

Geoff on Oct 12, 2009


good. Emmerich is a joke, I mean, 2012 is the same exact thing as The Day After tomorrow. thats fucked up.

Al on Oct 12, 2009


hahahahahahhaha very khoo

JoJo on Oct 12, 2009


i bet if 2012 makes bank at the BO, that plan will be put into action, by the way, independence day sucked

darrin on Oct 12, 2009


I loved ID4, but its probably best to leave it alone. Unless, the aliens come back and blow up michael bays transformers! Id like that!

DJSNOLA` on Oct 12, 2009


no... no we don't need a sequel for ID4 that's just silly

DoomCanoe on Oct 12, 2009


#10, your a loser aren't you? go back to playing you world of warcraft nerd. it made more money then you and family will ever make.

Kris on Oct 12, 2009


GOOD! I wasted 12 bucks back in 1996 to see a midnight screening of that piece of shit movie ID4. Roland Emmerich can go to hell.

snickers on Oct 12, 2009


"has been stalled do to troubles" Since when is something stalled "do" to troubles?

denver on Oct 12, 2009


i wouldn't mind a sequel, but what storyline could they come up w/? 13-14 years later, the aliens look for revenge?

JL on Oct 12, 2009


I'm all for an ID4 sequel if it ever gets made.

TigerClaw on Oct 12, 2009


keep Bay FAR FAR AWAY from independence day, the man sucks

ray on Oct 12, 2009


I recall a book that came out around the time ID4 was released (I was 9 at the time, so bare with me) it involved the various armies dealing with the aliens that survived all the worldwide crashes. I mean think about it. Just because those major fuckin ships downed, doesn't mean there aren't a fuckload of pissed off concust aliens inside who can still take down the human populace and use up the resources. but, I don't see it being that story 14 years later.. unless Emmerich can come up with a REALLY compelling reason for it taking 14 years for them to get out of their damn ships.

Dresden on Oct 12, 2009


I never thought there could b a sequel but the book that came out as a sequel to the movie was great and had a terrific idea and story. It actually made sense.

Tra la la la la di da on Oct 13, 2009


Count on Fox to want a sequel without Will Smith. Fucking idiots.

bozo on Oct 13, 2009


Wow very shitty idea to make a sequel no no no

splinter on Oct 13, 2009


LOL I clicked on comments to see if anybody felt like I did about ID4... Glad to see a lot of you feel the same. Literally one of the worst movies I've ever seen.

dRailer on Oct 13, 2009


What if in the trailer they fly over the New Yankees stadium while the JO Bros are in concert and blew it up, like they did with the white house trailer. I bet that would grab attention. While they're at it they can throw the Twilight cast and fans in there.

clippers350 on Oct 13, 2009


What's wrong with aliens these days? They've come here and some guy defeat them with a computer virus. And then they came here again only to be defeated by biological virus. And poor aliens in the district 9. They will come again and they will be defeated by Murder and Skully.

AprilCoolsDay on Oct 15, 2009


Whoever didnt like ID4 is not into sci-fi alien stories.why dont u just get lost then and watch some other genres?! I mean back in 96 this was huge and very entertaining no one said it was worth an i went to watch it for entertaiment and thats what i got; special effect wise, decent actors/actresses etc. u people think too much.just chill out and enjoy some entertainment.a sequel is probably not a bright idea.the last thing will smith need as an actor is a razzie award or some bad reviews from critics, after having established a pretty good respectable career.unless the story is better than the first which i doubt could happen.the only great sequel i can ever think of is T2.

ID4$$$ on Oct 16, 2009

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