Fox Interested in Back-to-Back 'Independence Day' Sequels Yet Again?

October 27, 2011
Source: Vulture

Independence Day

It's been fifteen years since most of the world was devastated by an alien attack in Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich's summer blockbuster Independence Day, and the last update from the latter filmmaker was pretty bleak on the potential for a sequel anytime soon. As far back as March of 2010, the idea of back-to-back sequels wasn't out of the question, but apparently star Will Smith wanted quite a lot of money for the sequels. Since then it's been assumed that the sequels were dead, but now it sounds like Fox is willing to make them whether or not Smith actually decides to partake in another close encounter or not.

The hold-up awhile back was Smith's desired $50 million deal to shoot both sequels back-to-back, along with Emmerich's supposedly hefty salary, just seemed to salty of a pricetag for more Independence Day action. However, it doesn't sound like getting Smith involved this time is going to be much easier since Vulture says he apparently wants to shoot the films closer to home in order to spend as much time with his family as possible. What might help that proviso though is that Smith apparently wants his wife Jada Pinkett Smith and daughter Willow to partake in the sequels somehow too. Frankly, I don't think his family needs to be involved in all his projects from now on, but if his collaboration with son Jaden on M. Night Shyamalan's One Thousand A.E. works out, it shouldn't be an issue.

Though nothing on that front has been worked out to make any this happen, there are still a couple of scripts in the works which are expected to be turned in sometime in December at the latest. Supposedly the films are "intended to be fulfilling movies onto themselves — you could see each separately and enjoy them — but they tell one big story.” Fortunately, there's no rush to get the sequels together as Fox wants to make sure they get the story right and hopefully get a big box office draw like Smith to sign-off before making any real moves towards production. But if Smith, who made five films between 2005 and 2008 which grossed over $2 billion worldwide, ends up not coming back, will audiences still flock to the theaters for more alien action? Personally, I'm in for the sequels either way, and especially if they get Bill Pullman to deliver another rousing, inspirational speech again. Will you see Independence Day sequels without Will Smith?

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A5J4DX on Oct 27, 2011


Wow Will Smith is really demanding why doesn't he just do a movie about him and his family and quit making such demands. Next thing you know he'll be asking to do the whole film in his backyard. Not trying to tear down the guy I am a fan as well but i never heard of an actor so demanding along with family. As long as they have a good script I would definitely see the sequels without him.

Anonymous on Oct 27, 2011


I'm sure he's being badgered to sign onto the project and he probably hasn't wanted to be involved since the start so he keeps throwing out large numbers so they'll leave him alone.  I'm sure the guy has plenty of money so he doesn't need to work anymore if he doesn't want to.  If he wants to spend more time with his family rather than in Hollywood than I think that's a noble decision. 

peloquin on Oct 27, 2011


How nice that you can read his mind, peloquin.......and you're a fool to think he DOESN'T want 50 mill (ah yes, very noble).  If he didn't want to do it, he could just say "I don't want to do it".

Jules on Oct 27, 2011


Will Smith is so loud and unfunny obnoxious i can barely sit through his movies, his egos's as big as his ears. the guy needs a mute button

Horseflesh on Oct 27, 2011


Awww, hell no.

Wakecycle on Oct 27, 2011


Maybe they could make the sequel about how the anti-alien virus has evolved into a human killer.. and maybe now the aliens are on our side..and maybe... errrr, please, the movie sucked, no need for sequels

Tester on Oct 27, 2011


Yes - I would see them regardless of Smith's involement

piromaniact on Oct 27, 2011


This is a joke, right? Will Smith? Not needed. It's a SFX movie. They could get skippy the wonder dog as the lead and people would see it if the story and FX were good. Just bring the aliens down to destroy more stuff. Take the 50 mil and put it into the story and the SFX.

Dfordice on Oct 27, 2011


If Smith was back I'd see them.  I think after D-9, Battle of LA and the last act of Transformers 3, the little hampster wheels shartin churnin about what they could do better (since they re-introduced the whole concept in the 90's).  As good or bad as the movie was I remember being in line on opening day and ID4 setting the standard for a huge summer blockbuster, at least for my generation.  Dont get me wrong there have been others before it (Jurassic park, etc) but  ever since ID4 I've always been down for a good popcorn flick.

Anonymous on Oct 27, 2011


Will Smith takes nepotism to a whole new level.....I'm still peeved about them remaking "The Karate Kid" with his son (RALPH MACCHIO RULES!)......AND, his daughter's monotonous music that gets lodged in my brain.  Enough with the Smiths, already......

Jules on Oct 27, 2011


the much more important question: what about Jeff Goldblum???

Kath on Oct 27, 2011



Gieb on Oct 27, 2011


Isnt the smiths going thru a divorce ?! Thats why he wants 50 mil cause jada is wanting millions

Pojo on Oct 27, 2011


its not ID4 or ID4 Sequel without Will Smith .....and Jeff Goldblum. These 2 made the first movie watchable that and the explosions and stuff.

WoodSon on Oct 27, 2011


If ya base it off the book, all should be fine and run with a story after that. Don't really need Smith if he's going to be such a bitch about things.

Nate Carroll on Oct 27, 2011


I thought the first movie really blew, I wish they wouldnt bother it's been to long since the first.

Posthuman on Oct 28, 2011


Smith is a great actor but he can easily be replaced.  He wasn't exactly the focal point in ID4.  For me, it was all about how Jeff Goldblum nearly stayed one step ahead of aliens who had far superior tech than what was on Earth.  I'd definitely look forward to seeing Jeff return.  Of course he'd have better tech than a laptop with a huge timer on it.  HAHA!  And with me being a 13 year AF NCO, I'd much rather see the AF take the lead in the next ID movies with assistance from all of our great military branches.

BossJones on Oct 28, 2011


No Will Smith? No worries, mate. Just cast Sam Worthington in black face. Tin of boot polish should do nicely.

Uber-Spaz on Mar 31, 2013

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