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Roland Emmerich on what he originally intended for Independence Day sequel

06.13.2016

Independence Day: Resurgence Roland Emmerich Jeff Goldblum

Twenty years after INDEPENDENCE DAY leveled the landmarks of the world, Roland Emmerich will up the destruction with INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE. As if the lengthy wait between installments wasn't clue enough, Emmerich never actually planned to make a sequel as he always considered INDEPENDENCE DAY to be a standalone film. However, over the years, the director realized how iconic the film had become for people and that, along with Twentieth Century Fox repeatedly asking for it, led to him deciding to move forward on the sequel.

The film we're about to get wasn't what Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin initially had in mind however. As Emmerich told Empire, they were hoping to make a movie about peace.

It was after 9/11 and Dean and I wanted to make the movie about peace, and it just didn't work. There's still an element of that in the new one, but that version was only about that. We shoot aliens down accidentally and then at the end of the movie they land on the White House lawn and say "we come in peace" and that was it. It was just too weak an idea and we didn't really want to do it. It didn't have an Independence Day feel. Only the alien ship was destroyed!

As we've seen from the marketing surrounding INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE, we can expect significantly more destruction than that of a single alien vessel in the film. Despite not having any strong feelings towards the original film, I'm strangely excited for the sequel. The cast looks like they're having a blast and no one does global carnage quite like Roland Emmerich. Unlike the first INDEPENDENCE DAY, Emmerich doesn't envision the sequel as a standalone film; when asked about a possible third film in the franchise, Emmerich said "if it's successful enough, yes, because it's set up for a sequel." Perhaps the human race won't come out on top this time around when the credits roll.

INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE will hit theaters on July 24, 2016.

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Source: Empire

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11:27PM on 06/15/2016
This is gonna flop. Unnecessary sequel.
This is gonna flop. Unnecessary sequel.
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8:32AM on 06/14/2016
I wonder if it's getting tougher to make movies like this that will have any kind of impact on audiences. The past few years of superhero films have given us a steady diet of mass destruction with cities getting leveled on a regular basis, so there's a degree to which it's stolen Emmerich's thunder. Now he comes back with alien ships the size of the Atlantic - it must be pretty difficult to really wow audiences with cg destruction these days. The levels of destruction in Resurgence seem pretty
I wonder if it's getting tougher to make movies like this that will have any kind of impact on audiences. The past few years of superhero films have given us a steady diet of mass destruction with cities getting leveled on a regular basis, so there's a degree to which it's stolen Emmerich's thunder. Now he comes back with alien ships the size of the Atlantic - it must be pretty difficult to really wow audiences with cg destruction these days. The levels of destruction in Resurgence seem pretty ridiculous, which is fine - it's that sort of movie, but you have to wonder if maybe they've painted themselves into a corner when it becomes impossible to go bigger - they'd have to invent something other than 'smashing stuff up' to drive the movie.
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5:53AM on 06/14/2016

Deeply enjoy the first one

I read the comments left here, so lame --- Judge this movie like this -- See it, and judge it as a fun popcorn roller coater ride -- If it does that, then it successed. No more or less!
I read the comments left here, so lame --- Judge this movie like this -- See it, and judge it as a fun popcorn roller coater ride -- If it does that, then it successed. No more or less!
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4:41AM on 06/14/2016
Roland Emmerich is a bad director. These statements make me have zero interest in the sequel... He didn't want to, until Fox paid him enough? Only movie the man has made that I would give a passing mark to is The Patriot with Gibson and Ledger and to be honest, it's been so long since I've seen it and my dislike for the director has grown and grown, It's likely I would find new faults in that movie. 10,000 BC is one of the worst movie going experiences I have ever had. He's like Michael Bay in
Roland Emmerich is a bad director. These statements make me have zero interest in the sequel... He didn't want to, until Fox paid him enough? Only movie the man has made that I would give a passing mark to is The Patriot with Gibson and Ledger and to be honest, it's been so long since I've seen it and my dislike for the director has grown and grown, It's likely I would find new faults in that movie. 10,000 BC is one of the worst movie going experiences I have ever had. He's like Michael Bay in ways, but in my opinion not as talented. And in no way is that a compliment to Bay but at least he has a few (The Rock, Bad Boys) decent flicks on his resume.
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9:44AM on 06/14/2016
Your favourite Roland Emmerich movie is The Patriot, the wholly inaccurate story from the American Revolution? But Independence Day was a bad movie?
Your favourite Roland Emmerich movie is The Patriot, the wholly inaccurate story from the American Revolution? But Independence Day was a bad movie?
10:48AM on 06/14/2016
I'll always have a soft spot for STARGATE, and I think THE DAY AFTER is nice, but I really think his best film is ANONYMOUS.
If anyone else but him had done the film, it would have had Oscar nominationS... His name, and his name ONLY, prevented it !
I'll always have a soft spot for STARGATE, and I think THE DAY AFTER is nice, but I really think his best film is ANONYMOUS.
If anyone else but him had done the film, it would have had Oscar nominationS... His name, and his name ONLY, prevented it !
10:44PM on 06/13/2016

"it's set up for a sequel"

Although I'm not against a third film, I hope that this sequel has a definitive ending and it doesn't finish on a cliffhanger.
Although I'm not against a third film, I hope that this sequel has a definitive ending and it doesn't finish on a cliffhanger.
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10:24PM on 06/13/2016
Looks stupid as shit.
Looks stupid as shit.
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