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Roland Emmerich says that a sequel for Independence Day is nowhere

02.14.2011

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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