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Not one but TWO 'Independence Day' sequels are in the works

Wait, he totally has this all figured out ...

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Wait, he totally has this all figured out ...



It's been 17 years since director Roland Emmerich convinced us all to fork over hard-earned cash for Independence Day, so that means it's time for either a remake or a sequel. We'll take a sequel, in this case. Two, in fact.

Emmerich tells Entertainment Weekly that he has a pair of sequels on the way, thankfully set 20 years after the 1996 original and likely not featuring Will Smith or Jeff Goldblum (although Bill Pullman may be back, since he's still playing the president on NBC's 1600 Penn).Scripts for ID Forever Part 1 and ID Forever Part 2 have already been completed with original cowriter Dean Devlin and sent to James Vanderbilt for rewrites; Vanderbilt wrote and produced Emmerich's upcoming White House Down, which sounds ominously like Olympus Has Fallen.

”The humans knew that one day the aliens would come back,” Emmerich says. ”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.”

In addition to learning how to co-opt (but not duplicate) lots of alien technology, humanity has managed to rebuild plenty since 1996. Well, hopefully not Houston, but you never know. Will Smith's stepson from the first movie figures to play a key role this time: “It’s still some of the same characters, but also new younger characters; it’s a little bit like the sons take over,” Emmerich says. We saw that movie already -- it was a 1980s anime series called Robotech.

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 3:44pm]


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