‘Independence Day 2 & 3′ Plot Details Revealed

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 28th, 2013 at 6:29 am,

Independence Day 2 and 3 Plot Details Independence Day 2 & 3 Plot Details Revealed

The citizens of Earth have had almost 20 years of peace since their planet was rudely invaded by aliens on July 4th, 1996, but recently, there has been talk from director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin that the victory might not last much longer. Two sequels to Independence Day are currently in the works and awaiting a green light from 20th Century Fox. It may well be that the studio is keeping a close eye on the success of Emmerich’s most recent project, White House Down, before giving a thumbs up or thumbs down to Indendence Day 2 and 3, A.K.A. ID Forever Part I and II.

It seems that Emmerich himself is confident enough to start divulging details, or at least savvy enough to start generating hype for the Independence Day sequels by releasing a few intriguing snippets of information.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Emmerich has happily provided solid answers to some of the biggest questions that fans of the original film have had. One of the biggest uncertainties regarding the plot is whether the story would pick up immediately after the events of the first film or twenty years later. According to Emmerich, the answer is is both:

“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.”

The Independence Day sequels being set only twenty years after the events of the first film will mean that by the time they (potentially) gets a theatrical release they will more or less be set in the present day, but Emmerich claims that the films will also have a distinctly futuristic feel. Based on a “what if…?” scenario of what might have happened to our history if we’d discovered advanced technology back in the nineties, the story will see humanity far more prepared for an invasion than they were in the original film. Says Emmerich:

“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.”

Despite the progress that has been made, Emmerich insists that the fight won’t be an easy one, saying that, “We’ve rebuilt. But [the aliens] also do different things.” If only two or three weeks have passed from the aliens’ perspective, it’s doubtful that they’ve had time to come up with any new major advances themselves, which can only mean that they weren’t bringing out the big guns the first time around. Perhaps the first Independence Day was just a warm-up.

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When we first heard rumors about this project several years ago, the impression we got from Fox was that they did not consider Will Smith’s return to be necessary for the film, perhaps due to the large price tag that inevitably comes with hiring such a consistently successful star. It’s unclear whether this was a factor or not, but Emmerich implies that he has written a story which will allow new stars to shine by focusing on characters who would have been children during the first invasion.

“It’s still some of the same characters, but also new younger characters; it’s a little bit like the sons take over. 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].”

The word “new” seems to imply that the younger heroes will be characters that we haven’t seen before, but there are a couple of candidates from Independence Day who could easily make a return as adults. The two prominent child characters from the 1996 movie were Patricia Whitmore (Mae Whitman), the daughter of the president, and Captain Steven Hiller’s stepson Dylan, played by Will Smith’s Fresh Prince of Bel Air co-star, Ross Bagley.

Though Bagley has more or less lapsed from the acting world and is mostly remembered for his child star roles in films like Little Rascals, Emmerich confirmed that Dylan makes a return in the latest version of the script. Mae Whitman is still very active and recently appeared in Arrested Development (her?), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and Parenthood. Might there be room in Emmerich’s customary cast-of-thousands for this familiar face to play the part of a heroine?

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To quote Bill Pullman, who recently confirmed his involvement in the project: “Nobody’s holding their breath because [the sequels have] been continually plagued.” So don’t assume that the movie is definitely going to make it out of development hell at this point. Dean Devlin has said that he and Emmerich are not interested in making the sequels just to squeeze a little bit of money out of the Independence Day name; rather, they just have a genuine, creative interest in continuing the story. Whether or not you agree with that no doubt depends on your opinion of the original. It should be noted that Emmerich has yet to make a film as successful as his 1996 blockbuster, at least financially-speaking (The Patriot has a slightly better Rotten Tomatoes score), which might explain Fox’s trepidation.

Are you excited for ID Forever Part I & II and, if so, who would you like to see return for the second invasion (aside from the aliens, of course)? Let us know what you think in the comments.

We’ll keep you up to date on any further developments regarding Independence Day 23.


Source: Entertainment Weekly

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  1. Independence Day is the only film that I ever saw 3 times in the theater. I was 13 at the time, and of course some of the story and dialogue are over the top, but I recently saw the film on TV, and the special effects still look incredible. It was a seriously well-made film, and still is, one of the most genuinely epic and enjoyable science fiction blockbusters ever. Huge in scope, tapping into Roswell/Area 51 lore and a huge dose of patriotism, with a great cast and still-incredible visual sequences. I absolutely approve of sequels, and eagerly await them.

    And hey, Mae Whitman sure turned out well for a child star.

    • i saw this film in my dreams

  2. I am excited at the idea of a continuation of Independence Day. I disagree with rotten tomatoes ratings on soo many movies but that is my opinion. It sounds like a great idea. I also speak for my better half when I say that I can’t wait to see these sequels. I would like to see what other nations will face or is the world now one big nation?

    Place a Canadien charachter and you will get Canada’s attention…so on so forth…

  3. Two plot devices that have to be ditched from the moden film story.

    The villain being captured on purpose. The enemy being destroyed by a nuclear bomb.

    The latter already having happened in id1 and both in TDKR and Avengers and the former in Bond.

    Other than that I would love to see a squel or two. I loved the first one.

  4. I said to myself before even reading this article that I doubted that, if nothing else, Will Smith would probably not return in the sequels. Turns out, I’m probably right. And since, in the article, it mentioned that the time difference between us and the aliens could be significant, that maybe they didn’t bring out the big guns the first time around, that leaves me to wonder what else they could come up with in order to re-invade Earth. I don’t think the movies would do as well without the star power that Will Smith would bring to them, but I am interested nonetheless in what the creators of the sequels will come up with, if anything at all.

    • “what else they could come up with in order to re-invade Earth.”
      Simple they just make most forms of birth control ineffective and block our ability to exploit space resources. That and a little time and we’ll destroy ourselves…

  5. Glad they’re not trying to connect this to the first one like a Lego piece.

  6. I am so sick of organic alien tech and that they always seem to be psychic creatures. Could someone please come up with something more original, The organic psychic alien thing has gotten old, really old. I will pass on seeing any ID sequel in the theater.

  7. Man, I have loved Will Smith all my life!! The Greatest movie i have ever seen is still I.D. …Will Smith definately launched his carreer into space after that movie, So if Will Smith didn’t participate in the sequel would just ruïne his career… and if he did he would become the most awesome, and his kid could join!! just like after earth, They are made for science fiction… ID was really the drama type for science fiction, hope there will be more tears in the sequel cause good drama is the way to begin with around a wartype movie, and will smith (the pursuit of happiness) could do that…. STOP FOOLING AROUND HOLLYWOOD AND SHOW SOME HEART, Greets from Amsterdam

  8. “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.”

    Ummm…How so? Granted a year is a measurement of our time that it takes for Earth to revolve around our Sun and maybe their alien planet may take 400 times as long, but all time is relative, so I don’t understand this statement? A wormhole theoretically covers vast distances between two points in space and in a period of time, but it doesn’t affect or stop time at either end. If it’s 25 years for us, then it’s an equal linear time peiod for them. Perhaps it MAY be a “couple of weeks” to them, but their week would have to be the equivalent of 10 to 12 years for us. Unless we are to assume this wormhole has some time travel capabilities? But that’s not part of the theory of wormholes. Maybe they also tie in with string theory and mutli-verses. Let’ say their wormhole has a fixed point in time for their universe, but the wormhole would HAVE to be able to travel along our timeline randomly or artificially through some technolog of theirs. But that’s a lot of what-ifs and leaps of faith, since if that were the case, they can go back to Randy Quaid’s abduction and just kill him. Or they nterfer in WW2 to defeat a much less powerful U.S. and thus allowing Hitler to successfully prevent the bloodlines of any Goldblums – problem solved! But pushing that storyline just begs for a theoretical physicist advisor on set.

    • Yeah, I read that and my eyebrows went up. If the aliens traveled at near light speed in normal space, then I could understand what those 3 sentences meant, but it specifically said wormholes. The reason why wormholes would be used is to get around the time-dilation effect, which means the same amount of time it would take to travel through the wormhole would be equal to the same amount of time passed in real space. I think they need to get away from the wormhole scenario.

    • A theoretical physicist advisor, you say..
      So that’s not you then? :P

  9. I love the idea. Try to bring in all the actors they can from the first and revolve the story around the children who are now adults. Bringing in too many new faces will lose out on half the reason this movie was great, the cast.

  10. I personally don’t care how long it takes, I am psyched for this/these movies. I saw the first one 14 times in theatres (I wasn’t paying so it didn’t matter :-D )and to this day it is still one of my favs. Even if they can’t get Will on board, that’s fine. He had his time to shine, let someone else be a hero. Would they also be bringing Case’ kids into it? Seems to me they would have quite a score to settle. And to those of you picking apart the wormhole theory….c’mon….c’mon. Let movies do what they do, Entertain. If we wanted something completely plausible, we wouldn’t go to the movies. AS a side note though, I think it would be neat if they did a little mini movie of the number 0 comic book with the back stories of everyone.

  11. I think the children of the character played by Randy Quaid

  12. I srsly think Will Smith should come back. He is an amazing actor and also an inspirational figure. Or you could bring me in. I love to act. Especially with aliens. I think the plot is good as well.

  13. I think will smith and some of the old stars from ID should be in it cos I loved that film with will smith and jeff goldblum in it I have watched it at least 100 times now and still love watching it cant wait for ID 2 and 3 coming out please please make them soon im fed up of the chitchat let there be action please and I do think will smith and his son would be good in it so please start making it now cant wait to see it (IM FROM THE UK)

  14. Will Smith of corse
    Without him in it I don’t think I’d wanna see it
    He needs to play a part in it.
    Otherwise it will just be boring
    Movies have failed due not not showing the main character again even if it is after 20 years. He needs to be shown somewhere even if its just for a small part in the movie.


    First film: Enemy invades, we drive them out and destroy their “mothership”.

    Second Film: (My projection) They come back, with greater numbers, and nearly annihilate us.

    Third film: (My projection) By some miracle, with the odds stacked against us, yet again, we triumph and drive them away for good.


    • Lol you got it wrong. The second one will be like some Twilight/Harry Potter crap that ends halfway through and you’ll have to come back to see what happens in the third… hollywood will rape us for cash.

  16. Boomer will live

  17. The thing i loved about old film is the low use of computer graphics and Will Smith as an cocky pilot owning the aliens in dogfighTsombos. “Stop shooting that green s*** on me!” one of many good lines that makes the movie a joy to watch!

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  19. I want Alien action figure and vehicle toys for the movie.

  20. My whole family is excited and will see it no matter who is in it. But I would be excited to see will smith in it. It was such an epic movie especially in its time. Maybe not him as a main caracter but at least a part in theovie. I hope they dont underspend on this film.

  21. I’m sorry to say but don’t do it!!! Sequels are never as good as the original movie and without Will Smith it will be a flop. Sometimes you just shouldn’t mess with perfection. I think directors and writers for films are running out of ideas and have nowhere else to go. I have yet to see a movie this year that I’ve loved or even liked for that matter.

    • There are some that are better:

      Iron Man 3 – Better than Iron Man 2
      X2 – Better than X-Men
      Terminator 2 – Better than Terminator
      Terminator Salvation – Better than Terminator 2
      Fast 5/6 – Better than 2/3
      Tron: Legacy – Worlds above the original

      There is a lot of promise as long as it is a good story and they get quality actors. It could either end up as good or better than the original, or be a corny as Battleship, my hope is for the former of course.

      • Sure I can agree with some of your list, but Terminator Salvation better than Terminator 2? Are you crazy?

    • Don’t get me wrong.. I love Will Smith.
      But just because he isn’t gonna starr in the next ID, it doesn’t mean there won’t be any humor or that it’s not gonna be awesome.
      All his movies isn’t automatically a big success.

      So that argument falls over and just lies there.

  22. When they say wormholes, I wonder if they are going to try to display them in a manner similar to Stargate. You have to remember, these guys also tackled artificial wormholes in the Stargate movie. If they try to blend something like that into an ID sequel, it will be shameless self-promotion and a bit tacky. They should leave the wormhole bit to the Stargate movie franchise.

  23. I would imagine David (Jeff Goldblum) would have a role. Perhaps he takes a leadership role in the rebuilding of humanity and ends up President (or representative to a World Congress) in the new films. There are so many directions that can be taken, I cannot wait to see what happens.

  24. If Fox will not give the approval, I hope Emmerich and Devlin at least release the stories in novel form…perhaps if they are well-received the movies can take place.

  25. Um Is anyone forgetting that in the Film The President mentions during his Link with the alien that they all live on one giant ship that devours planets. I am pretty sure he Killed them all when the nuke wentt off