We reported last month that the reason we haven't seen a sequel to the mega successful sci-fi blockbuster, Independence Day, is because 20th Century Fox is apparently stalling because of money. Personally, even if the first film's star, Will Smith, would demand a hefty paycheck to return, I still see an Independence Day sequel making insane bank, even after the cost of a crazy marketing campaign (see director Roland Emmerich's latest disaster flick, 2012).
Having said that, on the creative front at least it seems that Emmerich would love to do another one. And to further that, he recently spoke with MTV about doing an Independence Day 2, and said that it might even be split into two films (or perhaps he means just two separate films, one following the other's story). Emmerich told MTV:
"What we want to do in the next – it's actually two movies – we want to do a bigger arc... 'Independence Day' was always like the king who leads his troops into battle against an evil force, and that stays like that."
He chimed in with a possible title he has in mind - "ID4-ever, Part I and II, maybe?" I don't see how that works since ID4 isn't the official title of the first movie, so I don't see how working "4" into the title as a pun really works. Maybe a joking tone on Emmerich's part doesn't come across in text...
He told MTV that's there's no script for the film, but there's something being cooked up, at least, and noted that Will Smith would be involved in the next one:
""There's an idea... The idea is just to continue the story and actually I don't know how many years ago this was—twelve, thirteen, fourteen years ago—and just continue where it ended."
Emmerich obviously didn't go into any details about what story he has in mind specifically, but did go on to promise that , "one day we will do it and that the story will stay firmly on the planet... It's always about earth and that earth gets invaded."
That last part is great to hear, as IMO the whole point of the first one was about Earth (the place we're all used to) being invaded by an alien (pun intended :P ) life form. I'm not exactly sure how they're going to do that again without it seeming like just a repeat of what we saw in the first film, but I'm certainly digging the idea of continuing the story, with the same characters played by Smith and Bill Pullman (as the President).
Would you like to see more of Will Smith's Captain Steven Hiller?
As I said when the whole "Fox stalling ID4 2" story appeared last month, I certainly wouldn't mind another Independence Day movie; however I also wouldn't be mad if they scrapped the idea. It's perfectly fine as one film, and I see no outright NEED to make another. Having said that, it sounds like the direction Emmerich is thinking of going in is a solid one, and who knows, it could bring back some of the character development and quality storytelling that's been missing from most, if not all, of his movies since.
What do you think of the direction Emmerich seems to be thinking about taking a followup to Independence Day? Do you agree it's fine left at one movie or should more be made?
Independence Day 2 is still in the early idea stages, with no word of a release date as of yet.