Will Smith in Talks for ‘Independence Day 2′; Sequel Not Arriving Until 2016?

Published 2 years ago by , Updated September 6th, 2013 at 6:08 am,

will smith independence day 2 Will Smith in Talks for Independence Day 2; Sequel Not Arriving Until 2016?

Roland Emmerich is making a sequel to his smash-hit alien invasion blockbuster Independence Day (almost twenty years later, but who’s counting?), which may wind up being titled either ID Forever or just Independence Day 2. The story will pick-up in real time after the first installment, when the rest of the unfriendly extraterrestrial army – which has been traveling by wormhole since 1996 – makes its way to Earth, only to discover that humanity has managed to harness the aliens’ technology in their absence.

Emmerich has estimated that half of the Independence Day sequel’s cast will be composed of new actor and actress additions, but is still planning to include appearances from returning players such as fan-favorite Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch and maybe even Brent Spiner (perhaps the alien tech has special healing capabilities?). However, until now, it seemed as though Will “Welcome to Earth!” Smith would not be reprising as hotshot pilot Steven Hiller.

Digital Spy recently interviewed Emmerich during the promotional tour for White House Down, which opens in UK theaters on Friday next week (September 13th). The filmmaker had previously revealed that Smith won’t be getting top billing in the Independence Day sequel, mostly because he’s such a big A-lister now that he might overshadow the larger cast (recall that the original movie is very much an ensemble piece like most of Emmerich’s blockbusters). However, he never ruled out a small part for Big Will and is now saying that (if nothing else) “Now we have a meeting planned, we want to talk about it again. Anything can happen.”

Smith, for his part, has taken steps to move away from tentpole fare in the future, as evidenced by him committing to upcoming projects like Winter’s Tale and the lower-budgeted Focus; that is, while also keeping his distance from slow-developing sequels like Bad Boys 3 and I Am Legend 2 (assuming you can wrap you brain around the latter happening).

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However, that doesn’t rule out the possibility that Smith is open to playing a smaller part in the Independence Day sequel, especially if his role largely amounts to a passing of the torch to a younger character (maybe the grown-up version of his adopted son, played by Ross Bagley in the original film). He could even serve in a capacity similar to his part in M. Night Shyamalan’s sci-fi adventure After Earth; in fact, Smith’s performance as a decorated, stoic and battle-hardened warrior was one of the best things about that otherwise-disappointing film.

As for the Independence Day sequel’s release date: 20th Century Fox has slated it for Summer 2015, but Emmerich told Digital Spy that he thinks a 2016 release is more likely (right now anyway). ID4 – 2 is currently sandwiched between Terminator 5 and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales on the release schedule, so it wouldn’t come as a real shock if the studio delayed the film by a year (aligning with the twentieth anniversary of the original Independence Day no less).

Do you want Will Smith to return for the Independence Day sequel? If so, would you prefer he play a larger or smaller role in the film?

Independence Day 2/ID Forever is scheduled to open in theaters on July 3rd, 2015. We shall let you know if that changes.

Source: Digital Spy

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  1. I love it. B movies can be lots of fun

  2. 2016 is perfectly fine. 2014 will not happen under any circumstances and 2015 is already chockfull with movies. Releasing it then would be insanity.

  3. PRESIDENT Steven Hiller, your nuclear football awaits.

  4. Jayden Smith will take his place.

  5. The not a sequel guy in talks to be in a sequel, huh? Almost as if an internationally pummeled nepotistic movie had came out and done so badly if forced him to bring his mid 90′s ‘Fresh Prince’ schtick back to into play…


    • Not cynical enough for my liking because I imagine he’ll want a massively successful vehicle after that mess.

      Plus it could be up there with Bad Boys and MIB as his only sequels.

  6. i’d love to see him in it.

  7. It’d be cool to see him in it. I wouldn’t want the film revolving around him but maybe play a solid part alongside the rest of the cast. The release date being pushed back 2016 also doesn’t sound like a bad idea, every other film would most likely squash this.

  8. Sometimes jus makn 1 great film is ok there’s no need for sequels all the freakn time jus sayn

  9. Why is Screen Rant always the last one to report new movie news? I mean this story was on Super Hero Hype hours ago.

    Well, good for Will Smith, just as long as he doesn’t bring Jayden with him. I’m sorry, but that kid just can’t act.
    Jeff Goldblum’s character is bar far my favorite from the first movie.

    They should move this back until 2016 or it will get buried by Avengers 2, Pirates 5, and Terminator 5. With those three movies ruling the summer, nothing else has a chance.

    • Nothing? Star Wars VII doesn’t have chance against Terminator 5? Man of Steel 2 w/ Batman doesn’t have a chance against Pirates 5?

  10. who cares about id4… If not for Will Smith carrying it, it’s terrible imo and unwatchable. The effects were fun at the time, but today ? giant yawn. The Day After Independence Day 2015? no thank you.

    • If Will wasn’t in the original, it’d still be incredibly fun and watchable. It had a brilliant cast and a decent if cheesy story. Plus the effects still hold up today. Not everything has to be in HD or pointing out of the screen at you.

  11. maybe we go invade there planet and blow stuff up and stuff like that

  12. I like the idea very much. But please if a second part is going to exist remember to add Jeff Goldblum!!!!

  13. Just heard Emmerich wants to reboot Stargate too now.

  14. Why do i feel that the only way will smith will do this is if he shoehorns his kid into it . Just because your dad is will smith doesn’t mean he can act , put a fresh young actor that can at least .

  15. Smith needs to be cast no doubt about it, if it wasn’t for him Independence Day would’ve sucked

  16. Independence Day was a GREAT popcorn movie when it came out! I don’t think the world is clamoring for a sequel. This would be an example of “Hollywood” trying to make $$$. Have you been waiting for a sequel?!

  17. Summer 2015 is very crowded. It makes a lot of sense why 20th Century Fox wouldn’t want to release the movie until the summer of 2016.

  18. Independence Day 2: Age of Dependence

  19. If Smith wants to get his career back on track, then ID4 2 is the way to go…..