Why Are There No Longer Back-to-Back 'Independence Day' Sequels?

December 7, 2014
Source: Nerd Report

Independence Day

As development of Independence Day sequel has been dragging its feet over the years, the involvement of Will Smith has always been up in the air. However, the most recent update saw 20th Century Fox finally give a greenlight to the follow-up that's been due for about 20 years now. And while there have been rumblings of back-to-back sequels in the works, right now Fox is only focusing on one sequel, but that doesn't mean there won't be two eventually. But in this world of cinematic universe, reboot and sequel planning, just why are they holding back? Thankfully, producer Dean Devlin has discussed that decision.

Nerd Report caught up with Devlin recently, and he was brought some refreshing news:

We decided just to do one first to make sure that people like where we’re going. If that works well, there’s an ability to do some world building which would be really fun and interesting to do. I think Roland and everybody felt, let’s just make sure 20 years later that people still are interested. I think in our case, we started to feel that maybe we were being a little bit arrogant by assuming that we could do two movies. We said you know what, let’s scale it down. Let’s first make sure that it works for everyone.

Unlike all the studios just assuming that everyone wants big interconnected universes with every new film franchise, we're glad to see that Fox decided to slow their roll and make sure that people still want to turn out for just one film before trying to plan a sequel that will rely on a third film for resolution. That's something that Paramount Pictures probably should have done with the Terminator franchise reboot, but Terminator: Genisys is already slated to have two sequels follow the new film (watch the teaser trailer here). For now, we'll just have to wait and see what Independence Day 2 has to offer. Excited?

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I like it because I'm growing tired of the "part 1, part 2" trend, the "film two movies back to back and split them" thing, it didn't really work for The Matrix sequels, the Pirates sequels, and it doesn't seem like it is working for the Hunger Games sequels. With Avengers: Infinity War, it at least seems there will be a new wrinkly by having two films come between the two a 'cliffhanger ending' probably isn't likely...but they still have the bad "part 1, part 2" naming scheme going on...but they can change that on a dime if they have to. I'm glad they aren't immediately doing two ID sequels, and that a Stargate reboot might come in between...meaning there could be a few good years between the 2nd and 3rd. It would just feel a little awkward as a trilogy to have one film released in 1996, and then the 2nd and 3rd parts of the trilogy arrive back-to-back 20 years later. Why not get the 2nd film for the 20 year anniversary, and the 3rd film for the 25 year anniversary?

Chris Groves on Dec 7, 2014


I was hoping it was because good sense prevailed.

Brian Sleider on Dec 7, 2014


Back to back stuff is probably really hard to pull together. This is probably better for us if we actually want something good to okay and not just a polished turd.

DAVIDPD on Dec 7, 2014


Also, we can't have Will Smith back in the 2nd...maybe that can be one of the 'big things' they do for the 3rd, to conclude the trilogy?

Chris Groves on Dec 7, 2014


20 years. Damn.

grimjob on Dec 7, 2014


Aka "We have a feeling this will bomb but hey it's worth a shot to get your money"

IamSlave on Dec 7, 2014


The only thing good about Independence Day was the really cool special F/X, the dumb premise with writing a virus for alien software etc just makes you shake your head. Can't anyone come up with a cool idea for something similar but fresh?

Bill on Dec 8, 2014


Fully agree

Tester on Dec 8, 2014


this will be great,but i am curious wich angle they take on the story! I hope they come back and destroy us again....

Avi on Dec 8, 2014

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