Talk of an Independence Day sequel has cropped up here and there since the film’s blockbuster release in 1996. But according to the interview below with the original film’s director Roland Emmerich, a sequel – or two – may be closer than we think.
While speaking with MTV News, Emmerich said:
“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 (regarding the decision to remain on Earth, instead of taking the war to an alien planet).”
The plan is apparently for two sequels, with a potential title of ID4-Ever, Part I and II maybe.
The director also states that there is no script as of yet, but only an idea, and that should the pair of films move forward Will Smith will almost certainly be involved.
“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.”
The original Independence Day, which was co-written by Emmerich and Dean Devlin, was released on July 3rd, 1996, and starred Smith, along with Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, Robert Loggia, Randy Quaid, Margaret Colin, Vivica A. Fox, James Rebhorn, Harvey Fierstein, Harry Connick Jr., Adam Baldwin, Brent Spiner, James Duval, Lisa Jakub, Giuseppe Andrews, Ross Bagley, Bill Smitrovich and Mae Whitman.
Check out the video interview below.