Roland Emmerich Wants Brent Spiner Back for 'ID Forever'; Talks Superhero Film 'Singularity'

Set photo of Roland Emmerich

The invading alien army might have been temporarily delayed due to their regretful decision not to update their antivirus software, but you can't keep them away for long. Roland Emmerich's sequel to his 1996 blockbuster success Independence Day, currently titled ID Forever Part 1, will be out in theaters a little over two years from now, and the director is already organizing the next big disaster.

Emmerich has previously revealed that, by the time the plot of ID Forever Part 1 begins, the movie universe will have been heavily diverted along a tangent from our own. Not only have the people of Earth had access to several hundred square miles of alien technology - and twenty years within which to study it and reproduce it - they have also been given sufficient motivation to ready themselves for another fight. Needless to say, when the next wave of aliens arrive (twenty years in our time being roughly equal to two or three weeks of theirs, thanks to wormhole travel) they'll find themselves up against a lot more resistance.

With the time until the start of production on ID Forever Part 1 slowly closing in, and details of both casting and plot beginning to solidify, Emmerich spoke on GEEKTIME! Radio about his plans for the disaster movie sequel. Independence Day was originally going to be re-released in 3D (under the slightly confusing abbreviation ID43D), but Twentieth Century Fox later scrapped those plans.

Emmerich says that he's not too cut up about the decision:

"I'm not a fan of 3D and re-releasing movies in 3D. I think that people will get tired of it... I wouldn't [shoot a movie in 3D] because it's very cumbersome and it's this huge rig and you have this advisor next to you, and you have to tell them how much 3D you want to have, and I don't want to think about that. I want to think about what this actor is doing, and it would only bother me."

Will Smith in 'Independence Day'

When asked about casting for ID Forever Part 1, Emmerich reaffirmed the recent news that both Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman will be back, and also commented on the fact that Will Smith will not be returning for a significant role. In the past, he's said that this was due to a combination of factors - both the fact that Smith is no longer affordable, and also because he is now a "marquee name" and would therefore no longer work as a single gear in the customary Emmerich cast of thousands. The director is keeping a cameo space open for Smith, but says that anything more than that would lead to him taking up too much space:

"It would be a Will Smith film, not Independence Day. I would love to have him in a small part, if he wants, but he's overpowering."

Emmerich also adds that he doesn't think Smith would be comfortable in the role anymore, since back in the mid-nineties he was a "carefree dude who just did it," and now his stardom would most likely get in the way of him playing the character in the same way that he did in 1996. Two actors that Emmerich does definitely want to bring back, however, are Judd Hirsch (who played Julius Levinson, the father of Goldblum's character) and Brent Spiner (Dr. Brackish Okun AKA the mouthpiece of the alien horde). While Hirsch would be easy enough to include, bringing Spiner back would be a bit more surprising - given the fate of his character in the original film.

Judd Hirsch and Brent Spiner in 'Independence Day'

The conversation came around to the topic of superhero movies, since comic book adaptations are currently the hottest genre in mainstream cinema. Emmerich has been rumored to direct various comic book movies in the past, but responded to the rumors by saying that he always turns down such offers as he finds comic book movies "boring" and "unimaginative." Though he is currently planning to direct an original superhero movie, a sci-fi collaboration with screenwriter Harald Kloser (2012, 10,000 B.C.) called Singularity, he says that his stance on comic book adaptations hasn't changed:

"I always say no to superheroes. I come from Germany, and as a kid I didn't read any comic books... I read good literature. You Americans, you have a certain affinity for it. But I am interested in creating my own superhero, which is this project Singularity that I want to do... It will be a realistic-based hero, who because of what is the next step of evolution, becomes a superhero."

A movie about superheroes emerging naturally from the next stage of human evolution? It's such a great idea, you have to wonder why no one has thought of it before now (unless you count the X-Men series, among countless others).

Independence Day mother ship arrives

Based on the way he is characterizing it so far, it sounds like ID Forever Part 1 will be in a similar vein to the first film, with the emphasis not really placed upon any single character but instead on the "new generation" of young people who have grown up with the knowledge of the invasion, even if they don't remember it too well or were perhaps born after it occurred. It will be interesting to see what the alternate timeline after the events of the 1996 movie looks like, and how far advanced the civilization of the 'Independence Day Universe 2015' will be compared to our own.

Do you like what you've heard about ID Forever Part 1 and Singularity so far, or do you think that Emmerich is going in the wrong direction? Share your thoughts in the comments.


Independence Day 2 is out in theaters on July 3, 2015.

Source: GEEKTIME! Radio

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