Fox Orders ‘Independence Day 2′ Script Rewrite

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ID2 Fox Orders Independence Day 2 Script Rewrite

Though Fox and Roland Emmerich have discussed a sequel to the 1996 summer blockbuster hit Independence Day for many years, news of the followup has been coming in more steadily recently. With fellow beloved ‘80s and ‘90s action/sci-fi franchises Terminator and Jurassic Park debuting new additions to their canon next year, it seems like Hollywood is finally ready for the Independence Day sequel the fans have sorely wanted – or, in some cases, vehemently protested.

While much of the first film’s success came from Will Smith’s heroics and charisma, his absence from the sequel has thrown a wrench in the production of Independence Day 2 (tentatively titled ID Forever). Though Fox had two scripts for the followup – one including Smith and one without him – the company has since ordered a rewrite.

Deadline is reporting that Fox tapped Carter Blanchard to draft a new script for the Independence Day sequel. James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) wrote the first draft of the script with director Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin (Leverage). Harald Kloser, a regular collaborator with Emmerich on films such as 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow, will also produce.

Will Smith I DAY 1 Fox Orders Independence Day 2 Script Rewrite

Blanchard doesn’t have any blockbuster scripts under his belt, but he’s currently working on an adaptation of Mark Millar’s Kindergarten Heroes for Fox that will be produced by Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past). Blanchard also recently finished a script for Warner Bros’ Spyhunter film to be directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland).

Aside from Smith turning down a return to his Independence Day role and the possibility of Michael B. Jordan joining the film, very little is known about the sequel – and even less about the plot. It’s hard to determine whether Blanchard’s rewrite is an indication that Fox wants a pair of extra hands on the sequel so it can be the best film possible, or if they’re floundering with how to continue the story of an alien invasion of Earth without one of its main heroes (and with the aliens seemingly defeated).

However, fans should take heart in the fact that both original co-stars Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman will return for Independence Day 2. Perhaps with these two invasion veterans on board, the sequel will be able to introduce a new cast of characters without feeling too distanced from the original film.

We’ll have to wait and see how the script turns out, but at least it seems as though Fox won’t let Independence Day 2 vanish without a fight.


Independence Day 2 (ID Forever) is currently scheduled to invade theaters on July 1st, 2016.

Source: Deadline

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  1. This movie will not go quietly into the night.
    It will not vanish without a fight.
    It’s going to live on.
    It’s going to survive.
    Because it’s the movie Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now.
    But if you do not make this movie, I will look for you.
    I will find you.
    And then I will thank you.

    • Ha! love the Independence Day/Dark Knight/Taken speaches refrence. funny

    • While I disagree with the point you’re making, this was quite funny and gave me a great laugh despite the bad morning I’m having, so I thank you.

  2. Have to ask….do we really need Will Smith in this for it to be a success?

    I mean, I’ve seen the first one dozens of times and I honestly never thought of Smith’s character as a “main character”, Jeff Goldblum was. Smith was a lot like Pullman and Quaid in that they served a periphery role around Goldblum and aren’t really necessary when it comes to a sequel.

  3. Don’t need Will, just get Drake to play the military guy.

  4. I love the First Movie but I never wanted a sequel to it.some movies are meant to be a single part show.

  5. So Michael B. Jordan is the young ‘Will Smith’ of this decade? I think he should play Will Smith’s character’s stepson from the first film.

  6. The movie doesn’t require Smith’s return. A cameo from vivica fox would be pretty cool though.

  7. Chris Tucker all the way

    • + (infinity)!!!!!

  8. Will Smith’s head finally got to big for himself. After the last few box office bombs you would think Will would want to reboot his career.

  9. This film has re-entered Development Hell on the ring road around the city of Don’t Hold Your Breath… I think the main issues they were encountering with the script might have been the characters, plot, dialogue, pacing, continuity, Macguffin’s and the lack of any interest from movie actors… Apart from that I’m sure it was fine.

  10. I’d rather see a second season of “The Event”; I enjoyed that slow, wished it had not been cancelled, and own it on DVD. It was not perfect, but was starting to get better.

  11. Hate to say it, but without Will Smith in the movie, this is just going to be a two and a half hour episode of “Falling Skies.”

  12. The film really doesnt need will Smith. And sage I pray that Drake mention was a joke.