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10.12.2009

Here's a bit of news about a project that I had no idea was even being considered, a sequel to quite possibly the greatest movie of all time, INDEPENDENCE DAY. Back in 2008, Fox CEO Tim Rothman talked to IESB about the project who had this to say about another possible film:

"We would love to do it, it's really a matter of Roland, it's up to Roland. He knows that we'd love to do it. I don't think there is a script but there have been a lot of ideas, but the truth of the matter is he's been making other films. He made "Day After Tomorrow" for us, big hit movie, he's doing "2012" for Sony. But, any day that Roland wanted to do that, we would be very excited to do it because I think, yes, that story definitely can and should continue."

This would imply that the decision rests solely with Roland Emmerich, so when Latino Review got the chance to talk to him recently, they broached the subject and got a fairly informative answer out of him.

“Dean Devlin and I are still set to make a sequel likely because we’ve found some sort of idea and we approached FOX and FOX has not quite figured out how to incorporate Dean’s and my deal, and Will’s (Smith) deal. Will wants to do it in some sort of a package they can live with. So it's just been in negations now since forever, and naturally FOX says “Why don’t you do it without Will Smith?” I said Will is essential for us, for this movie and actually for the audience too. And, so, it's in limbo and lately the studios are fighting. Like gross players, and Will is a gross player and is probably the only gross player right now who’s worth his gross. So we’ll see what happens. I would love to do it. “

Emmerich goes on to say that yes, there is a script, but he can’t tell you anything about it. I never once considered this movie getting a sequel, though thinking back, it does kind of make sense. And obviously, if Will Smith returned, this thing would make obscene amounts of money. The problem is, we know Emmerich’s next project is the crazily ambitious FOUNDATION which I reported on an hour ago, so the issue would seem to be, when exactly could this get made?

Extra Tidbit: “WELCOME TO EARTH!” *punch*
Source: Latino Review

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11:40AM on 10/15/2009
i guess if they had a really cool idea it could be bring backable. the best part of the first one though was Judd Hirsch as Jeff Goldblum's dad.
i guess if they had a really cool idea it could be bring backable. the best part of the first one though was Judd Hirsch as Jeff Goldblum's dad.
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7:39PM on 10/14/2009

Welcome to Erf.

I say FUCK YEAH. This movie is probably one of my biggest guilty pleasures, so I'm down. It's old territory for Emmerich but they should totally do a '2012' storyline and call it "Christmas Day".
I say FUCK YEAH. This movie is probably one of my biggest guilty pleasures, so I'm down. It's old territory for Emmerich but they should totally do a '2012' storyline and call it "Christmas Day".
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12:35PM on 10/13/2009
i liked this movie a lot back in the day, so, if the sequel gets made, and the story is at least as good as the first one, i guess i won´t mind to see it :)
i liked this movie a lot back in the day, so, if the sequel gets made, and the story is at least as good as the first one, i guess i won´t mind to see it :)
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9:42AM on 10/13/2009

Oh

Turns out the Aliens changed thier computer system to a Mac, and Justin Long pulled a Brett Favre and switched teams to the Aliens..... the movie ends when Jeff Goldblums and Will Smith go "ah damn" and throw a vile of the H1N1 virus at the Aliens...
Turns out the Aliens changed thier computer system to a Mac, and Justin Long pulled a Brett Favre and switched teams to the Aliens..... the movie ends when Jeff Goldblums and Will Smith go "ah damn" and throw a vile of the H1N1 virus at the Aliens...
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8:18AM on 10/13/2009
thought it was only an ok movie too...

couldnt care less for a sequel
thought it was only an ok movie too...

couldnt care less for a sequel
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3:05AM on 10/13/2009

really?

i thought it was an okay movie that built up predicably and relied on over used story arcs. the only thing even remotely good (not will smith) was jeff goldblums's character. but c'mon, really?
i thought it was an okay movie that built up predicably and relied on over used story arcs. the only thing even remotely good (not will smith) was jeff goldblums's character. but c'mon, really?
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12:34AM on 10/13/2009
I always thought that guy who played Data was the most crucial player. Jk. ID4 is an excellent movie, but a sequel seems to completely defeat the point of the original. The characters are supposed to have closure in defeating the aliens and saving the Earth - they're supposed to have a comfortable chance to rebuild society. A sequel would undoubtedly bring the aliens back on a bigger scale, totally rendering moot everything the first movie fought for. At its heart, this is a stupid idea.
I always thought that guy who played Data was the most crucial player. Jk. ID4 is an excellent movie, but a sequel seems to completely defeat the point of the original. The characters are supposed to have closure in defeating the aliens and saving the Earth - they're supposed to have a comfortable chance to rebuild society. A sequel would undoubtedly bring the aliens back on a bigger scale, totally rendering moot everything the first movie fought for. At its heart, this is a stupid idea.
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11:41PM on 10/12/2009
Matt Damon is a gross player too. He's moneymaking ration is very decent. And yes, Will Smith is essential to this franchise. I'd like to see Goldblum back, as well.
Matt Damon is a gross player too. He's moneymaking ration is very decent. And yes, Will Smith is essential to this franchise. I'd like to see Goldblum back, as well.
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9:54PM on 10/12/2009

oh, helllllll no!

i would like to see all the players back in this film - see where they are and where they went etc. i wouldnt even mind mr smith and all his - awwww helllll nawwws. to me - this was the only time it seemed natural to use it. any way hope they do it - long time listener first time caller
i would like to see all the players back in this film - see where they are and where they went etc. i wouldnt even mind mr smith and all his - awwww helllll nawwws. to me - this was the only time it seemed natural to use it. any way hope they do it - long time listener first time caller
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8:38PM on 10/12/2009
Dude Goldblum BETTER be in this...
Dude Goldblum BETTER be in this...
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7:40PM on 10/12/2009
I can't believe that I'm actually saying this...but I actually want to a see an ID2.
I can't believe that I'm actually saying this...but I actually want to a see an ID2.
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7:05PM on 10/12/2009

OHH

HELL NAWW!!!
HELL NAWW!!!
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6:56PM on 10/12/2009

Hmm....

Will Smith shouldn't be "essential" to Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich. The actors that should be "essential" to them are Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman. Who's with me?!

As for a potential ID4 sequel, I'm not sure if I care. If we were living in the late 90's or even the early 2000s, I'd probably say "hell yeah" to sequel. But it's 2009 now, and 13 years have passed since ID4, which means I haven't given much thought to a sequel.

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Will Smith shouldn't be "essential" to Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich. The actors that should be "essential" to them are Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman. Who's with me?!

As for a potential ID4 sequel, I'm not sure if I care. If we were living in the late 90's or even the early 2000s, I'd probably say "hell yeah" to sequel. But it's 2009 now, and 13 years have passed since ID4, which means I haven't given much thought to a sequel.

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6:51PM on 10/12/2009
The cg in the first one was terrible and that cg team hasn't gotten any better.
I don't think it would be a good idea, but Fox knows best right? They've only fcked up everything they ever touched.
The cg in the first one was terrible and that cg team hasn't gotten any better.
I don't think it would be a good idea, but Fox knows best right? They've only fcked up everything they ever touched.
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6:09PM on 10/12/2009

"2012 is my last disaster film"

Hahahaha, yeah right, Emmerich!
Hahahaha, yeah right, Emmerich!
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5:52PM on 10/12/2009
“WELCOME TO EARTH! *punch* .. AGAIN *punch*"
“WELCOME TO EARTH! *punch* .. AGAIN *punch*"
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4:47PM on 10/12/2009
I always thought there was a decent enough story to continue with a sequel, even though it is unnecassary. Possibly something involving the homeworld of the aliens.
I always thought there was a decent enough story to continue with a sequel, even though it is unnecassary. Possibly something involving the homeworld of the aliens.
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4:40PM on 10/12/2009
I remember when they were talking about this sequel about 10years ago, a possible title was ID4ever. Priceless.
I remember when they were talking about this sequel about 10years ago, a possible title was ID4ever. Priceless.
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3:42PM on 10/12/2009

I read the script

Basically, same plot, it just take's place on Columbus Day....
Basically, same plot, it just take's place on Columbus Day....
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4:15PM on 10/12/2009
Basically, that's an hour of your life you won't get back.
Basically, that's an hour of your life you won't get back.
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3:10PM on 10/12/2009

zohan

might be cool. maybe there's another batch of the same aliens....maybe they adapted their tech or some shizzle.
might be cool. maybe there's another batch of the same aliens....maybe they adapted their tech or some shizzle.
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2:31PM on 10/12/2009
kinda of the problem with a sequel is that the entire alien race traveled in one group. so when they were taken out, that was it. they are extinct.
kinda of the problem with a sequel is that the entire alien race traveled in one group. so when they were taken out, that was it. they are extinct.
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8:56PM on 10/12/2009
you state a fact established in the movie and you get thumbs down?
you state a fact established in the movie and you get thumbs down?
2:29PM on 10/12/2009
I'd rather watch the V remake coming on ABC instead of a dumb sequel idea proposed by FOX!
I'd rather watch the V remake coming on ABC instead of a dumb sequel idea proposed by FOX!
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2:11PM on 10/12/2009
so...ID42, ID4-2, ID4 too, ID4 Part II?
so...ID42, ID4-2, ID4 too, ID4 Part II?
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2:03PM on 10/12/2009

EXTRA TIDBIT

If you've read Frank Darabont's Indiana Jones script, he has Indy saying that to the aliens before he shoots them. Sad, but true.
If you've read Frank Darabont's Indiana Jones script, he has Indy saying that to the aliens before he shoots them. Sad, but true.
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1:41PM on 10/12/2009
The first one was OK, but I wouldn't want a sequel.
The first one was OK, but I wouldn't want a sequel.
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1:28PM on 10/12/2009
Wow a sequel to ID4? haha this could be amazingly entertaining.
Wow a sequel to ID4? haha this could be amazingly entertaining.
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1:24PM on 10/12/2009
I always thought it would make a great sequel, seeing how Earth would change now that they were left with all this alien technology lying around. Although, in reality, any sequel would probably just be about shit blowing up.
I always thought it would make a great sequel, seeing how Earth would change now that they were left with all this alien technology lying around. Although, in reality, any sequel would probably just be about shit blowing up.
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1:22PM on 10/12/2009
I would be slightly interested in seeing a seqel to this movie, but I could also live without it as well.

To make this work they need Smith AND Goldblum back. I would love to see Pullman back too kicking ass.
I would be slightly interested in seeing a seqel to this movie, but I could also live without it as well.

To make this work they need Smith AND Goldblum back. I would love to see Pullman back too kicking ass.
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3:30PM on 10/12/2009
why the hell is the comment getting thumbs down?
why the hell is the comment getting thumbs down?
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