Independence Day (watch the trailer above) was a 1996 sci fi summer blockbluster written and directed by Roland Emmerich, and starring Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman. The question of whether or not we are alone in the universe was answered, with a bang.
They're... coming... back...? Best get the coffee on then!
Recent news stated that Emmerich wished to return to the world left behind from the events of Independence Day with up to two sequels, making the franchise a trilogy, and that he intended to call the movies ID Forever War Part I and II.
Further news then stated that there was a small chance Will Smith would return as Captain Steven Hiller, but only if he was willing to settle for a smaller fee than the $50 million he was asking for to star in the new sequels. Around the same time Bill Pullman confirmed he would return as US (ex) President Thomas J. Whitmore.
Now comes the news from Emmerich and star Jeff Goldblum, whom were in attendance of a screening of the original movie at the LA Times Hero Complex Festival in Hollywood recently, that Emmerich is currently working on the first sequel, and that he may expand the whole story beyond a trilogy, possibly into a saga. This news also came with confirmation that Jeff Goldblum will also return as David Levinson in the next movie.
Roland Emmerich, at the Festival...
"That's actually what we talked a lot about. The mythology of why did the aliens come in the first place, what is the bigger story of this whole thing?," Emmerich stated. "And we talked a lot about swarm intelligence. And (the humans) are individual intelligence. Even though we kill each other and have wars against each other, we have something special."
"We have this domino human spirit to believe in good and over coming enemies. And it's a little bit about that and when you get a bigger mythology going, I think then you have the chance to do not only one or two or three (sequels), but you can create a series and that's what we want to do."
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