Fox Approaching Will Smith For Independence Day Sequels? [Updated]

Published 5 years ago by , Updated April 22nd, 2010 at 5:38 am,

independence day 2 logo header Fox Approaching Will Smith For Independence Day Sequels? [Updated][Update: Now come claims that Smith is NOT involved with the ID4 sequels]

Remember last fall when we learned Fox was stalling on an Independence Day sequel because of money? Well, it seems the studio’s little Christmas release, Avatar, has made a few extra million dollars to be thrown around. And one of the places that money is set to go is in Will Smith’s wallet for not one but two Independence Day sequels.

According to IESB via an uncorroborated tip, Fox plans to shoot the films back to back, though it’s unclear how far apart they’ll be released.

Still just a rumor at this point, the incentive is certainly there for Fox to finally move forward with this project. Smith, on the other hand, has around two thousand other projects to choose from, but maybe more of that Avatar profit is being thrown his way than he’d normally be offered. IESB‘s source claims these ID4 sequels might shoot as early as next year, with Smith — who hasn’t been in a movie since 2008′s Seven Pounds — slating them directly after whatever he appears in next.

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Hopefully Smith’s next project is The City That Sailed, because we don’t need Men in Black 3 followed by Independence Day 2 and Independence Day 3. We’ll be so sick of seeing Will Smith battle aliens by the middle of the second film that we’ll be wishing for Wild Wild West 2 or even Eight Pounds instead. As for director Roland Emmerich, he’d tackle the ID4 sequels after his surprisingly non-disaster-related Shakespeare drama, Anonymous.

While I appreciate Emmerich’s title suggestion of ID4-Ever from last November, I think some more appropriate names for the first sequel might be Independence Day: It’s About Damn Time and Independence Day: Aw Hell No. Your preference for one or the other will depend on how you feel about a return to the property after 14 years.

Personally, I’m all for the former, but I’m disappointed with Emmerich’s idea to pick up immediately after the first film. It’s been a long time since ID4 hit theaters in 1996, and I think that lapse should be reflected on screen. If this means Thomas Whitmore is no longer President, then so be it (though surely some fans will argue for why he would’ve been given another three or four terms).

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Also, after Scott Pilgrim vs. the World hits big (and TV’s Parenthood keeps rising in popularity), everyone will want Mae Whitman returning as Whitmore’s now-twenty-something daughter – am I right?

Update: Gossip Cop is now attempting to debunk IESB‘s story. The gossip site claims they have it from Will Smith’s camp that the mega-star has nothing to do with any ID4 sequels.

I don’t know enough about Gossip Cop to just up and take their word on something. I’ve also learned the hard way that reps for actors swat EVERY bit of “rumor” down until their clients’ names are practically printed on a movie’s posters. We here at Screen Rant will be taking the same stance we always do: could be true, could be false – that’s why it’s called a RUMOR.

We’ll let you know what develops with this story.

If this rumor turns out to be true, we can maybe look forward to Independence Day 2: Welcome to Earth Again, But Who’s the Man Again, Huh? on July 3, 2012 (best get out the way, Spider-Man reboot).

Source: IESB

Update Source: Gossip Cop

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  1. People do realize that Will Smith was not the star of “Independence Day” right? I would pin that honor on Jeff Goldblum. I'd want to see it if as much as the original cast can get together – - that would have to include Goldblum.

  2. Oh no, do NOT go ruining one of my favorite films of that era !
    Just go with Men in Black 3, you already have a second, come on, hush hush, make more puppies for MIB, you can't stop at 2, what a number is that …

  3. They can crap this up as much as they want, I will still see it… as long as Jeff Goldblum is in it.

  4. Agree with that,if the original cast comes back,I definitely want to see it !

  5. That is EXACTLY what I was thinking. Yeah… I'd want to have Will back… but without Goldblum, It would be hard for me to really care either way.

  6. Should that include Randy Quaid as a ghost… or a new version of him made up of alien bits along with crazy human. Is the dog that was part of Smith's family still alive? He should be in it too. If not, just switch to a cat…. or a gryphon.

  7. And Judd Hirsch… somehow. Maybe a hologram that follows Goldblum around.

  8. Independence Day wasn't that great. I will (no pun intended) say it was entertaining… But certianly not worthy of a sequel. Full of corny cliches, and poor acting. ID should have been on MST3000(I have said this about a bunch of movies). This idea should be put to death……And remain a rumor…

  9. Independence Day was kind of a crappy movie. I would much rather see another MIB sequel to redeem the franchise after the second.

  10. Can Will Smith just do “The Last Pharaoh” and “Men In Black 3D” (You Know It Will Be.SMH)

  11. Im all for it, just wonder how the aliens are going to rebound after all their ships
    were taken down, as well as their mothership blown away. Maybe another
    mothership, or maybe the ships that crash to earth, the aliens come out

  12. I say bring back Jeff Goldblum, Will Smith and just add new characters to that.

    Did anyone notice Randy Quaid's son and his overly obvious Johnny Depp look? I thought that was annoying as hell. Guy was trying so hard to look, talk and act like him imo. It's as if they asked Johnny Depp to play the role of Quaid's son but Depp turned it down so they decided to pick a Johnny Depp look-alike.

  13. Ori, he acted/looked more like keannu reeves

  14. I take it you guys aren't familiar with James Duval, of The Doom Generation and later Donnie Darko?

  15. I liked Independence Day. It is an all-timer for me. It had a very good story and a great set of cast, Although at this point in time , its quite old already. But I still have a CD copy of it in my shelf and I watch it once in a while. Hell, it even beats newer movies like Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds (which really sucked). If they do make a sequel , I hope it will be as good as the old one. I hope David Arnold composes the score again and I hope it doesn't ruin the first movie up.

  16. What is the date, when it comes out?