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Roland Emmerich says that a sequel for Independence Day is nowhere

Feb. 14, 2011by: Niki Stephens

If you were secretly (or not secretly) hoping for a sequel to INDEPENDENCE DAY, I'm here to tell you that it's at a stand still.

Director Roland Emmerich told Empire this, "Independence Day 2 is nowhere. It’s back and forth, back and forth. There’s no script because I don’t want to write anything before anything starts.” There is a glimmer of hope though, Emmerich did add that, “One day it will happen."

Fans of the director might be interested in hearing that his take on Isaac Asimov’s none-more-cerebral space odyssey, Foundation is a likely option for the near future. He said this on the status, “We’ve hired a production designer and it’s mainly now to find out what the movie will cost. It’ll take us until the end of March, then we’ll decide. The studio’s happy with the script [from Robert Rodat], but now’s the time that the numbers count. I want to make a movie that’s very different from other science-fiction movies and I don’t want to have the burden of too big a budget."

Foundation is a seven novel series by Asimov about, "mathematician Hari Seldon spent his life developing a branch of mathematics known as psychohistory, a concept of mathematical sociology (analogous to mathematical physics). Using the law of mass action, it can predict the future, but only on a large scale; it is error-prone on a small scale. It works on the principle that the behaviour of a mass of people is predictable if the quantity of this mass is very large (equal to the population of the galaxy, which has a population of quadrillions of humans, inhabiting millions of star systems). The larger the number, the more predictable is the future. Using these techniques, Seldon foresees the imminent fall of the Galactic Empire, which encompasses the entire Milky Way, and a dark age lasting thirty thousand years before a second great empire arises. Seldon's psychohistory also foresees an alternative where the intermittent period will only last one thousand years. To ensure Seldon's vision of a second great Empire comes to fruition, Seldon creates two Foundations—small, secluded havens of all human knowledge—at "opposite ends of the galaxy". The focus of the series is on the First Foundation and its attempts to overcome various obstacles during the formation and installation of the Second Empire, all the while being silently guided by the unknown specifics of The Seldon Plan."

Emmerich's ANONYMOUS starring Rhys Ifans is due out on my day of birth, September 30th.

Extra Tidbit: Has anyone read the Foundation series?
Source: Empire

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2:24PM on 02/15/2011
Will Smith, please occupy all of your time by monitoring your children's progress in the business. Because they aren't going anywhere, you don't have to either. Thanks.
Will Smith, please occupy all of your time by monitoring your children's progress in the business. Because they aren't going anywhere, you don't have to either. Thanks.
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8:37AM on 02/15/2011

Goldblum!

If Smith and Goldblum returned, I'd be ecstatic for a sequel.
If Smith and Goldblum returned, I'd be ecstatic for a sequel.
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2:39AM on 02/15/2011
We need ID2 as bad as we need Ghostbusters 3: yeah....
We need ID2 as bad as we need Ghostbusters 3: yeah....
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10:07PM on 02/14/2011
NO NEED for a sequel to a pretty decent ALIEN attack film. Glad this is kaput.
NO NEED for a sequel to a pretty decent ALIEN attack film. Glad this is kaput.
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9:39PM on 02/14/2011

Roland Emmerich for Foundation? WTF?

Textbook example of how to take a real hard scifi novel and turn it into a crappy, popcorn-y blockbuster schlock fest. No one should let him anywhere near that book.
Textbook example of how to take a real hard scifi novel and turn it into a crappy, popcorn-y blockbuster schlock fest. No one should let him anywhere near that book.
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1:23PM on 02/15/2011
I was so hoping he wouldn't get Foundation. The thought is about as promising as Uwe Boll's version of Dune. . . .
I was so hoping he wouldn't get Foundation. The thought is about as promising as Uwe Boll's version of Dune. . . .
9:13PM on 02/14/2011
I still wonder how they would do it. Theyre extinct. As it was said in the movie, they move theyre entire species planet to planet. So when we won, they were wiped out
I still wonder how they would do it. Theyre extinct. As it was said in the movie, they move theyre entire species planet to planet. So when we won, they were wiped out
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7:55PM on 02/14/2011
ID2 is one of those movies that should've been made within 2 or 3 years after the original. Even if it's made now, It'll look more like a reboot than a sequel. And everyone's so much older, saying that it picks up where the first left off wouldn't be believable. All that being said, I'd still watch it if it was made, but I don't think it'll ever get off the ground
ID2 is one of those movies that should've been made within 2 or 3 years after the original. Even if it's made now, It'll look more like a reboot than a sequel. And everyone's so much older, saying that it picks up where the first left off wouldn't be believable. All that being said, I'd still watch it if it was made, but I don't think it'll ever get off the ground
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7:40PM on 02/14/2011
An Independence Day sequel would be better than Men In Black 3, or any movie with Will Smith pimping out his kids. And the film world could use some more Goldblum. However, Emmerich is like M. Night in that his first few films were good, but than they just got worse and worse. So I'd be worried about the quality of the sequel.
An Independence Day sequel would be better than Men In Black 3, or any movie with Will Smith pimping out his kids. And the film world could use some more Goldblum. However, Emmerich is like M. Night in that his first few films were good, but than they just got worse and worse. So I'd be worried about the quality of the sequel.
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7:33PM on 02/14/2011
I think seeing a sequel to Independence Day could be cool.

Having the aliend come back stronger and angrier than before. Having to get back Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum back together again to save the world.
I think seeing a sequel to Independence Day could be cool.

Having the aliend come back stronger and angrier than before. Having to get back Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum back together again to save the world.
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7:40PM on 02/14/2011
you surely can't be serious.
you surely can't be serious.
7:45PM on 02/14/2011
yes. And don't call me Shirley.
yes. And don't call me Shirley.
7:50PM on 02/14/2011
Good one.
Good one.
7:52PM on 02/14/2011
didn't you have a Hangover avatar before?
didn't you have a Hangover avatar before?
7:28PM on 02/14/2011
I would rather watch Independence Day 2 over any movie he's made since the first one or any movie he's about to make that isn't the second ID4.
I would rather watch Independence Day 2 over any movie he's made since the first one or any movie he's about to make that isn't the second ID4.
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