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Roland Emmerich says he wants to build a mythology with the Independence Day sequels; Jeff Goldblum will probably return

05.14.2013

Roland Emmerich shared some details on the INDEPENDENCE DAY sequels back in March, with the director revealing that the films will be set 20 years after the first one and some of the plot may involve humans trying to use alien technology. The scripts for the sequels were written Emmerich and Dean Devlin and the two of them attended a screening of INDEPENDENCE DAY in California recently, where they talked a little bit more about the new films.

Devlin (who also co-wrote the original) was asked what the latest news was on the sequels:

Roland and I would really like to do one. We have some pretty darn good ideas on how to do one and, hopefully, that will all come together. A lot of things have to align. The planets have to piece together and if they do, it’ll happen.

Roland Emmerich went on to talk about the differences between the alien race and humans and how building a bigger mythology is important for the next films and beyond.

That’s actually what we talked a lot about. The mythology of why did the aliens come in the first place, what is the bigger story of this whole thing? And we talked a lot about swarm intelligence. And [the humans] are individual intelligence. Even though we kill each other and have wars against each other, we have something special. We have this domino human spirit to believe in good and over coming enemies. And it’s a little bit about that and when you get a bigger mythology going, I think then you have the chance to do not only one or two or three but you can create a series and that’s what we want to do.

Jeff Goldblum was also at the special screening and when asked if computer expert David Levinson might appear in the sequels, both Devlin and Emmerich confirmed that there is indeed a place for Goldblum in the sequels, if he wanted to return.

While I don't think the world necessarily needs new INDEPENDENCE DAY movies I am interested in seeing how these films turn out, if this actually happens. It sounds like Roland Emmerich wants to turn ID4 into a big franchise with the sequels but has too much time passed? And even if Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman return will people still want to see the films if Will Smith isn't in them?

Roland Emmerich's latest film WHITE HOUSE DOWN is out June 28th, 2014.

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Extra Tidbit: If none of the original cast members appear in the ID4 sequels would you still watch them?
Source: /Film

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2:20PM on 05/14/2013
id go see these BECAUSE will smith isn't in them..
id go see these BECAUSE will smith isn't in them..
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12:08PM on 05/14/2013
Ex-president Bill Pullman must protect the denizens of 1600 Penn from the next wave of alien attacks!

I really love the fanfare David Arnold composed for Independence Day. It's totally one of those chest-thumping overtures that makes the big-budget 90s spectacle all that much more entertaining.

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Ex-president Bill Pullman must protect the denizens of 1600 Penn from the next wave of alien attacks!

I really love the fanfare David Arnold composed for Independence Day. It's totally one of those chest-thumping overtures that makes the big-budget 90s spectacle all that much more entertaining.

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11:14AM on 05/14/2013
No Goldblum or Hirsch means no movie. Also get James Duval (Miguel) back.
No Goldblum or Hirsch means no movie. Also get James Duval (Miguel) back.
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10:39AM on 05/14/2013

in fairness

The thought of will smith returning would put me off it.

Over the last few years ive grew to dislike him more and more.
Think it all started with Hancock.
The thought of will smith returning would put me off it.

Over the last few years ive grew to dislike him more and more.
Think it all started with Hancock.
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10:24AM on 05/14/2013
It's been nearly twenty years and still nothing. So I rather dread it. But I am a fan of the original, and the one character that absolutely must come back is David Levinson (although it might be interesting to demonstrate how his computer expertise has been eclipsed by younger generations).
It's been nearly twenty years and still nothing. So I rather dread it. But I am a fan of the original, and the one character that absolutely must come back is David Levinson (although it might be interesting to demonstrate how his computer expertise has been eclipsed by younger generations).
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10:23AM on 05/14/2013
If those aliens couldn't stand up to a 1993 AOL virus uploaded to their ship, we'd wipe the floor with them today.
If those aliens couldn't stand up to a 1993 AOL virus uploaded to their ship, we'd wipe the floor with them today.
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9:30AM on 05/14/2013
I'd be happy for this to return...and I like the idea of doing a squeal in real time many years after the fact...if only because so many franchises these days are just a year or two apart. Be interesting to see how this plays out. I've always wanted a Batman TV series and than 20 years down the line, they do a Batman Beyond type follow up.
I'd be happy for this to return...and I like the idea of doing a squeal in real time many years after the fact...if only because so many franchises these days are just a year or two apart. Be interesting to see how this plays out. I've always wanted a Batman TV series and than 20 years down the line, they do a Batman Beyond type follow up.
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9:12AM on 05/14/2013
Meh, I could care less if they made a sequel to ID4. It's been over 10 years, the time for a sequel has come and gone. Independence Day is such a one-off movie, it was a great action movie at the time and never really required a sequel. Everything that needed to be said about an Alien invasion was said, I don't think there is room to expand into a larger story 10+ years later.
Meh, I could care less if they made a sequel to ID4. It's been over 10 years, the time for a sequel has come and gone. Independence Day is such a one-off movie, it was a great action movie at the time and never really required a sequel. Everything that needed to be said about an Alien invasion was said, I don't think there is room to expand into a larger story 10+ years later.
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9:09AM on 05/14/2013
No such thing as too much goldblum
No such thing as too much goldblum
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9:02AM on 05/14/2013
I will only watch an Independence Day sequel if they do the special effects the same way they did them in the original movie. It really was one of the last big budget action/disaster movies to use practical model effects and that is part of the reason I still love it.
I will only watch an Independence Day sequel if they do the special effects the same way they did them in the original movie. It really was one of the last big budget action/disaster movies to use practical model effects and that is part of the reason I still love it.
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8:25AM on 05/14/2013
I would still see a Independence sequel without Smith, but for continuity reasons I would like to see his charcuterie return. And having Goldblum back is a must.
I would still see a Independence sequel without Smith, but for continuity reasons I would like to see his charcuterie return. And having Goldblum back is a must.
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8:56AM on 05/14/2013
I to wish for his sausage to return
I to wish for his sausage to return
9:04AM on 05/14/2013
Mon Dieu!
Mon Dieu!
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