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Devlin and Emmerich have reteamed to try and make Independence Day 2

Jul. 9, 2012by: Alex Maidy

As far as summer movies go, INDEPENDENCE DAY was one of the first that I remember following from the very first teaser to the day of release. While the movie certainly doesn't hold up as well as others, it was definitely fun seeing it on the big screen.

While news of a potential sequel to the movie have been reported for the last year or so, Dean Devlin, who wrote and produced INDEPENDENCE DAY along with ROLAND EMMERICH, recently told The Hollywood Reporter that the ID4 sequel is beginning to gain some traction.

"I can tell you that Roland and I have been working together for the first time in 11 years and we’re every excited about the idea of doing it," Devlin said. "Whether or not we can make this happen, if we can get all the pieces to come together, that’s gonna be challenging. But creatively, for the very first time since we did the original, I feel we have a worthy concept, a worthy path to go."

INDEPENDENCE DAY opened sixteen years ago. You would have thought a sequel to such a massive box office success would have been fast-tracked. According to Devlin, they had a reason for not jumping right into a second movie.

"We resisted doing the sequel for years because we still wanted to honor the first one. The first one gave us all careers and we really love that movie and loved the experience," Devlin explained. "We didn’t want to make a movie because it was financially a good idea, we only wanted to do it when we had an idea and a concept that creatively felt like it honored the first one—that it felt like an organic sequel as opposed to ‘let’s just go make some more money.'"

Emmerich and Devlin have both continued on with their careers. Emmerich made the derided big budget films THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW, GODZILLA, 10,000 BC, and 2012 while Devlin has been working on TNT's THE LIBRARIAN films and current series LEVERAGE.

Fox recently announced INDEPENDENCE DAY would be returning to theaters on July 3rd, 2013 for the now required 3D re-release. But, maybe that is more of a test to see if moviegoers still want to see ID4 on the big screen. No word on whether or not any of the returning cast will be involved in the new movie, if and when it gets made. The first film starred Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, Randy Quaid and Vivica A. Fox.

Extra Tidbit: Maybe in the sequel we will be able to destroy the alien computers using an iPod Shuffle.

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1:20PM on 07/10/2012
I would definitely see this if the concept is good. I loved the first one as a young teenager when it first came out and I can't all of a sudden hate on it now. I think ID4:2 has great potential.
I would definitely see this if the concept is good. I loved the first one as a young teenager when it first came out and I can't all of a sudden hate on it now. I think ID4:2 has great potential.
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7:18AM on 07/10/2012

Will Smith: AWW, HELL NAWH!

I loved the first movie because it had Will Smith, aliens and explosions. Thats how low my standards were and when i look back at the corniness I can't believe that the movie had virtually NO plot! (There's an Unpopular Opinion article that came out here you can refer to for details)

As for the sequel I have no idea how they will top the cringe-worthiness of the first movie. But if they do I'd want to see an entire new cast because it was bad enough I didn't take any of them seriously the
I loved the first movie because it had Will Smith, aliens and explosions. Thats how low my standards were and when i look back at the corniness I can't believe that the movie had virtually NO plot! (There's an Unpopular Opinion article that came out here you can refer to for details)

As for the sequel I have no idea how they will top the cringe-worthiness of the first movie. But if they do I'd want to see an entire new cast because it was bad enough I didn't take any of them seriously the first time.
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5:03AM on 07/10/2012
I can dig it if the entire core cast comes back. It would be interesting to see the rebuilding efforts of the human race and then to have the aliens come and invade again. Jayden seems to be the right age to play his step-son now, but I hope they stay far away from that and let Will lead the charge again with Goldblum and Pullman as the Secretary of Defense or a general like Loggia was in the first---(is that even possible for an ex-president?) My question for anyone thinking this is good news:
I can dig it if the entire core cast comes back. It would be interesting to see the rebuilding efforts of the human race and then to have the aliens come and invade again. Jayden seems to be the right age to play his step-son now, but I hope they stay far away from that and let Will lead the charge again with Goldblum and Pullman as the Secretary of Defense or a general like Loggia was in the first---(is that even possible for an ex-president?) My question for anyone thinking this is good news: Would you rather have it take place right after the invasion or set years later after the rebuilding efforts?
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3:46AM on 07/10/2012
This can only be a good thing.
This can only be a good thing.
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12:09AM on 07/10/2012
I'm all for it, but if the first one is anything to go by, I'll bet money that this time the invasion will be stopped with a special app on Jeff Goldblum's iPhone.
And I'm quite comfortable with that, oddly enough.
I'm all for it, but if the first one is anything to go by, I'll bet money that this time the invasion will be stopped with a special app on Jeff Goldblum's iPhone.
And I'm quite comfortable with that, oddly enough.
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11:35PM on 07/09/2012
There are so many movies that don't need sequels, but Independence Day is one that absolutely does. There's so much to love about that movie, but it is firmly a product of the 90s, with the sequel Emmerich and co can update it a little yet keep the nostalgia that everyone loves, and special/visual effects technology has progressed quite a bit in the intervening years. They need to get at least a good chunk of the cast back though, and they must re-team Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum. The defeat
There are so many movies that don't need sequels, but Independence Day is one that absolutely does. There's so much to love about that movie, but it is firmly a product of the 90s, with the sequel Emmerich and co can update it a little yet keep the nostalgia that everyone loves, and special/visual effects technology has progressed quite a bit in the intervening years. They need to get at least a good chunk of the cast back though, and they must re-team Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum. The defeat of the aliens in the first flick would also be a perfect motivator for them to come back and try again, kinda like Taken 2!
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10:52PM on 07/09/2012
I remember watching the first one on vhs when I was little so I will definitely be down for a sequel.
I remember watching the first one on vhs when I was little so I will definitely be down for a sequel.
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8:22PM on 07/09/2012
I watch the original every other Independence Day (every year is a lil much.. but every other year is the perfect amount of time between viewings) and I love it. I would love to see a sequel, especially Bill Pullman no longer being president, he can get in on more of the action!
I watch the original every other Independence Day (every year is a lil much.. but every other year is the perfect amount of time between viewings) and I love it. I would love to see a sequel, especially Bill Pullman no longer being president, he can get in on more of the action!
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7:50PM on 07/09/2012

Sick

First one is a classic :)
First one is a classic :)
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7:36PM on 07/09/2012
This is cool news!! They gotta bring back the whole cast! Find a way to bring back Randy Quaid too!!
This is cool news!! They gotta bring back the whole cast! Find a way to bring back Randy Quaid too!!
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6:19PM on 07/09/2012
YES!!

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YES!!

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