Roland Emmerich Dishes Details on Two 'Independence Day' Sequels

March 26, 2013
Source: EW

Independence Day

As we wait for the first trailer for Roland Emmerich's action thriller White House Down to arrive a little later today, the director recently divulged some details about the long gestating but not-yet-solidified sequel to his 1996 sci-fi blockbuster Independence Day. While Fox was once planning on re-releasing that film in theaters in 3D this year, those plans are currently on hold indefinitely. Could they be waiting to lock down plans for Emmerich's sequel with co-writer Dean Devlin before planning a re-release? That may be the case as Emmerich seems to have a hold on where not one, but two sequels, would take the franchise.

The two sequels would be called ID Forever Part I and Part II, happening in what will likely be real time if the films end up getting released as the story, which also had a rewrite from James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider-Man) takes place 20 years after the first film when reinforcements finally arrive to attack Earth. But the humans aren't unprepared this time. Emmerich explains to EW:

”The humans knew that one day the aliens would come back. And they know that the only way you can really travel in space is through wormholes. So for the aliens, it could take two or three weeks, but for us that’s 20 or 25 years.

It’s a changed world. It’s like parallel history. [Humans] have harnessed all this alien technology. We don’t know how to duplicate it because it’s organically-grown technology, but we know how to take an antigravity device and put it in a human airplane."

So who will be fighting aliens this time around? Well, Will Smith isn't confirmed to return, but Bill Pullman said he would love to come back at one point. However, it might not matter since the film takes place 20 years later, and it sounds like a new generation will take over. One of the new human heroes includes Smith's stepson Dylan, played in the original film by Ross Bagley. Emmerich says, "It’s still some of the same characters, but also new younger characters; it’s a little bit like the sons take over." That could be interesting, but hopefully we can at least get Jeff Goldblum and Brent Spiner back (even if he is dead).

So why the need for two films? Couldn't all this action actually be taken care of in one sequel? Giving away some of the game, Emmerich says, "The first one ends on a little success, but only enough to give the humans hope. And then in the second one they free themselves again [from the aliens].” But we've already seen the humans endure endless destruction of some of the most famous cities and landmarks, so what could possibly be worse? A slight retread might be in order with some changes as Emmerich vaguely explains, "We’ve rebuilt But [the aliens] also do different things.” Stay tuned.

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Its funny to think that Emmerich directed the patriot: An actual decent non CGI crap fest movie with a somewhat good plot. I really wish he would stop for this CGI hardon he has and try to make another movie like that....and dont say white house down.

Cody W on Mar 26, 2013


The tragic thing is that it wouldn't have to be full of digital work, they could use miniatures and models, as men once did. I know they won't, but imagine how great some recent movies would have been with the advancements in real effects.

OfficialJab on Mar 26, 2013


Agreed 100% Honestly, to this day the greatest horror type movie Ive ever seen is still The Fly, because it was all practical effects. You watch that now and it still looks shockingly gross and authentic. Another big problem I had with The Hobbit, the orcs and urakhai from LOTR were men in makeup and costumes so it made the action, the sword fights feel so much more real, instead in The hobbit, they were swinging there swords at air.

Cody W on Mar 26, 2013


The Hobbit really bugged me for that reason. Otherwise, it's outstanding.

OfficialJab on Mar 27, 2013


Hahaha Emmerich gave away the endings to both films... Watch him end the third one with the humans all dying after saying this hahahaha....

Greg dinskisk on Mar 26, 2013


Didn't Brent Spinner's character die, though?

Neuromancer on Mar 26, 2013


Yeah, but it's a Roland Emmerich movie where anything can happen. They could save him with alien technology!

Ethan Anderton on Mar 26, 2013


Heh, I guess that's true 🙂

Neuromancer on Mar 26, 2013


*Gotta* have Goldblum... who else can say "*Must* go faster!"?

DaveLister_JMC on Mar 26, 2013



ff on Mar 27, 2013


If John Fantasia (had no idea he was an Aussie!) is not in this film it will not be watched. Same if Uwe Boll does not direct it.

Steve on Mar 31, 2013

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