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Will Smith coming back for two Independence Day sequels?

03.30.2010

Have the aliens from 1996's mega-hit INDEPENDENCE DAY finally installed Norton Anti-Virus onto their computers, ready to attack Earth once more? Or will humanity be taking the fight to space? Whatever the plan is, it will apparently involve Will Smith and two sequels.

That's according to IESB, whose "reliable source" tells the website that Will Smith is locked for INDEPENDENCE DAY 2 and 3. IESB says, "the plan would be to shoot both films back-to-back. Whether the studio opts to go the Matrix route and release the two films six months apart or do like the Pirates of the Caribbean sequels and split them by a year remains to be seen. According to our sources, if all goes according to plan, the sequel(s) could shoot as early as 2011."

The word back in October of last year from Latino Review was that Fox wasn't in the position (or willing) to spend the money to accommodate both director Roland Emmerich and writer/producer Dean Devlin, as well as star Will Smith who gets not only his $20 mil price tag but a cut of the gross. So what's happened with Fox in the time since? AVATAR.

IESB says that these sequels would be Emmerich's next projects after completing his William Shakespeare thriller ANONYMOUS, and Smith's after either THE CITY THAT SAILED or MEN IN BLACK 3.

Since none of this has been confirmed yet, take it all with a grain of salt for now.
Extra Tidbit: ID4 is easily my favorite of Emmerich's movies. It's big, loud, and dumb... but it's the RIGHT kind of big, loud, and dumb. Though where would they take a sequel? Any thoughts on that?
Source: IESB

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7:00PM on 03/31/2010

finally...

they finally got, i guess 14 light years isnt that long of a trip. btw, the first one proves that 'windows' is shit and will fuck up ant computer, even an alien one.
they finally got, i guess 14 light years isnt that long of a trip. btw, the first one proves that 'windows' is shit and will fuck up ant computer, even an alien one.
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2:44AM on 03/31/2010

AWESOME!! if it's true

I can't wait for this! They gotta get Goldblum back though! Too bad Randy Quaid's character died. I'd love to see him in it too!
I can't wait for this! They gotta get Goldblum back though! Too bad Randy Quaid's character died. I'd love to see him in it too!
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1:08AM on 03/31/2010
Oy.

Vey.
Oy.

Vey.
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8:31PM on 03/30/2010

I dun know bout this one

I really liked ID4 when it came out twelve years ago, but I was also about 14 or 15 when it did. While I think a sequel could be another big summer popcorn flick like the first one, I can't help but think that no one will care. I guess it's all going to come down to whether they make it right or not.
I really liked ID4 when it came out twelve years ago, but I was also about 14 or 15 when it did. While I think a sequel could be another big summer popcorn flick like the first one, I can't help but think that no one will care. I guess it's all going to come down to whether they make it right or not.
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8:05PM on 03/30/2010
Ugh. The first one sucks and Emmerich is a shit director.
Ugh. The first one sucks and Emmerich is a shit director.
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7:37PM on 03/30/2010
good news
good news
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6:37PM on 03/30/2010

wow

wowowowowo, one of my fave movie all the time is ID4..but i hope the sequel have a good story too...so get a good scriptwriter
wowowowowo, one of my fave movie all the time is ID4..but i hope the sequel have a good story too...so get a good scriptwriter
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6:25PM on 03/30/2010
Hey, I'm up for it.
I remember enjoying ID4, but thinking "this is so dumb". The scary thing is that Emmerich seems to have lost even more brain cells since that movie.

If you are reading this Mr Emmerich... get a good scriptwriter. please please please.
Hey, I'm up for it.
I remember enjoying ID4, but thinking "this is so dumb". The scary thing is that Emmerich seems to have lost even more brain cells since that movie.

If you are reading this Mr Emmerich... get a good scriptwriter. please please please.
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4:33PM on 03/30/2010
I don't feel like more Goldblum stressing every syllable in a sentence and Smith screaming at aliens and punching them out. I'll pass.
I don't feel like more Goldblum stressing every syllable in a sentence and Smith screaming at aliens and punching them out. I'll pass.
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4:29PM on 03/30/2010

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4:27PM on 03/30/2010

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4:26PM on 03/30/2010

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2:52PM on 03/30/2010

My thoughts

When talk begins regarding movies that are dearest to my heart, I start getting worried. I don't think there has ever been a movie I was more excited for than Independence Day. I remember first seeing the standee for it at Carmike Cinemas when I was in third grade and I was praying it would be PG-13 so I could see it. Then once the trailer came out I was hooked. I remember it was supposed to open July 4th, but they moved it up a day due to the hype. Me and my dad stood in a line wrapped around
When talk begins regarding movies that are dearest to my heart, I start getting worried. I don't think there has ever been a movie I was more excited for than Independence Day. I remember first seeing the standee for it at Carmike Cinemas when I was in third grade and I was praying it would be PG-13 so I could see it. Then once the trailer came out I was hooked. I remember it was supposed to open July 4th, but they moved it up a day due to the hype. Me and my dad stood in a line wrapped around the theatre to see it and I was pissed because my sister decided to go see The Cable Guy instead of Independence Day....who does that?

Anyway, with as much money as it made, I am very surprised that they never made a sequel for it. There has been talk every couple of years about it, but nothing ever comes of it. But now Roland Emmerich has said that he has two sequels written out for it and today there are rumors that Will Smith has signed on for both of them.

Growing up I was always conflicted as to whether or not I wanted a sequel. It is an awesome stand alone film and I really don't want anything taken away from it with a crappy sequel. But then again, if the sequel is as good as the first then why not?

My problem is Roland Emmerich. The guy started off with some pretty good movies, Universal Soldier, Stargate and Independence Day were all good. Then we have Godzilla, The Day After Tomorrow, 10,000 B.C. and 2012 which were all very average movies AT best. The only other film he has done that I liked since Independence Day is The Patriot.

So what can they do to make these sequels a hit?

First you have to bring back the cast. When I watch this film, sure I love the alien side of it and the action, but what makes the movie is the characters. Not just Smith, Goldblum, and Pullman but Robert Loggia who played General William Grey, Judd Hirsch who played Julius aka Goldblum's dad (one of my favorite characters), Margaret Colin who played Constance aka Goldblum's ex wife and especially Adam Baldwin who played Major Mitchell. You need to try and get them all back on board and trust me besides Adam Baldwin, none of them are very busy. I'm not really worried about Vivica A. Fox because I wasn't crazy about her character, but we can bring her back anyway. The cast is where I do put faith in these possible sequels, because it seems Emmerich likes big casts in his films. In all of his movies there are always lots of characters, each normally having their own storyline....which sometimes is not such a good thing.

Secondly, the story has to be right. The two things I have kept hearing over the past fourteen years is that they are either going to take the fight to the alien planet or their will simply be a second wave. Now with them doing these films back to back, it could very easily start with a second wave and then end with the third film heading to the alien planet.

They have a lot of story potential with these sequels so here are some of my personal ideas for the sequels. When the first one ended, there were like a hundred crashed ships on the planet and a lot of them were still pretty intact, so they should have a ton of information on the alien technology and possibly their home world. This would cause me to make Area 51 a huge part of the films. I would have it relocated in the mountains of Utah somewhere, and just make it a massive base. Instead of three bodies, they now have around fifty intact and pieces of hundreds of other bodies. Instead of one hangar with one ship, they now have tons of hangars with big ships, little ships and hybrid ships. I would put Goldblum as the new head of Area 51 and I would put Smith as the head of an Area 51 military group, which would open up some roles for some cool new characters kinda like the marines from Aliens. I think there is a lot of story potential with Pullman's role. Fourteen years have passed which doesn't mean that is when the story should necessarily pick up, but I would have a new President in the film and maybe make it ten years later. I like the idea of a second wave coming to take revenge on Earth for destroying them all the first go around, and when this happens, the new President makes some bad decisions and then everyone turns to Pullman to take over making decisions. Or maybe make him the head of NATO now where he makes decisions for multiple countries. Like I said, there are a couple of different ways to go with his character.

With all the alien technology they have now, that can open the door for some really cool stuff in the film. In the first film, they had jet fighters. Now they can have some kind of alien ship/jet hybrid. They could also have some advancements in weaponry. But on the flip side, I would have the aliens have some cooler stuff in this one as well. In the first film, when Smith and Goldblum enter the mothership, one of my favorite scenes was how they teased us with an invasion. You saw all those aliens lined up, ready to go, but was stopped before they could invade Earth. I want to see that in the sequel. I want the aliens loose on the planet fighting at least in a few scenes, but that could be tricky. You can't go and change the look of the aliens from the way they looked in the first film, but it would be hard to have them just running around because of the way they were designed. But maybe you could have a new breed of aliens in this one to where you have the old kind and the new kind. If you remember, the aliens were in suits, so they could very easily have a few different kinds of suits and it be believable to the viewer.

I'm not sure how you could do that story alone for two films, so it looks like they would take the fight to them at their planet for the third film. That is where the story would get too complicated for me. I mean you could probably get away with saying that a way was discovered using their technology to travel at the speed of light so you could get to the planet easier and quicker and there is a tracking beacon on all the ships so they know how to get there, but I can't picture a cool looking alien planet. I mean they are obviously intelligent lifeforms so there should be cities and things of that nature in my opinion. I just can't imagine Smith and Goldblum running around an alien planet.

Bottom line is this. If Goldblum isn't back on board, I wouldn't do it. I don't think the fans really care about Smith's character alone. I realize they would bring in new characters if this were the case, but I don't think anyone would be nearly as interested.

If this all turns out to be rumors and sequels never happen, I would be fine and never lose sleep over it. But I have a feeling that the sequels are eventually coming. These two films could be epic films, but they have a better chance of being a disaster. Either way, I'll be there opening day.
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4:29PM on 03/30/2010
Yeah, but what do you REALLY think?
Yeah, but what do you REALLY think?
4:32PM on 03/30/2010
Don't hold back now. What are your thoughts on this news?
Don't hold back now. What are your thoughts on this news?
12:42AM on 03/31/2010
Wow. You really know how to keep it short and sweet, dontcha?
Wow. You really know how to keep it short and sweet, dontcha?
2:30PM on 03/30/2010
Well, they'll no doubt shoot this in 3d, but as long as they use Cameron's new 3d method created for Avatar and not just convert later, I have no issue with it.
Well, they'll no doubt shoot this in 3d, but as long as they use Cameron's new 3d method created for Avatar and not just convert later, I have no issue with it.
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1:11PM on 03/30/2010

It's time has passed

This movie was so HOT for a sequel...........12 to 13 years ago. Sorry this is a dud for me. Another case of Hollywood taking it's time to make a decision. I say let it go.
This movie was so HOT for a sequel...........12 to 13 years ago. Sorry this is a dud for me. Another case of Hollywood taking it's time to make a decision. I say let it go.
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1:07PM on 03/30/2010

Even more Explodey Scenes...and Jeff Goldblum

Add in a cameo from the ghost of Randy Quaid, and its a perfect sequel. Otherwise, a fun, if not unnecessary two sequels to one of the best action movies of my childhood. Go ID4...2...and 3!
Add in a cameo from the ghost of Randy Quaid, and its a perfect sequel. Otherwise, a fun, if not unnecessary two sequels to one of the best action movies of my childhood. Go ID4...2...and 3!
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11:59AM on 03/30/2010
I loved this movie, but its been too long to make a sequel. it looks stupid when the original was made 15 years before it.
I loved this movie, but its been too long to make a sequel. it looks stupid when the original was made 15 years before it.
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11:45AM on 03/30/2010
Don't ruin ID4 for those of us who enjoyed the movie by making sequels. They should make a Godzilla 2, Matthew Broderick is still waiting for that "Feris Bueller 2" call, and he needs the paycheck.
Don't ruin ID4 for those of us who enjoyed the movie by making sequels. They should make a Godzilla 2, Matthew Broderick is still waiting for that "Feris Bueller 2" call, and he needs the paycheck.
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10:43AM on 03/30/2010
I don't mind seeing the two sequels, but I'm not really excited either.
I don't mind seeing the two sequels, but I'm not really excited either.
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10:41AM on 03/30/2010

AW HELL NAH

this movie will be CG baddys against will smith one liners....but the DUDE is right, I will go see it, and hate myself because of it.
this movie will be CG baddys against will smith one liners....but the DUDE is right, I will go see it, and hate myself because of it.
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10:24AM on 03/30/2010
Wasn't the original idea for the sequel going to involve the aliens traveling from their homeworld to blow the crap out of Earth because Will and Jeff destroyed the Mothership?

Whatever the story ends up being I know I'll hate it, but I'll go see it anyway, and then I'll hate myself afterwards. lol.
Wasn't the original idea for the sequel going to involve the aliens traveling from their homeworld to blow the crap out of Earth because Will and Jeff destroyed the Mothership?

Whatever the story ends up being I know I'll hate it, but I'll go see it anyway, and then I'll hate myself afterwards. lol.
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10:23AM on 03/30/2010
I'm game, but only if they bring back GOLDBLUM! His brand of sly humor and legitimacy grounded ID4. Emmerich is a good action and FX director, but he needs good actors like Goldblum to make his insane movies believable and fun.
I'm game, but only if they bring back GOLDBLUM! His brand of sly humor and legitimacy grounded ID4. Emmerich is a good action and FX director, but he needs good actors like Goldblum to make his insane movies believable and fun.
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4:27PM on 03/30/2010
Goldblum was hilarious on Will&Grace
Goldblum was hilarious on Will&Grace
10:23AM on 03/30/2010

Unnecessary

The movie was great, and stood alone by itself perfectly.

No sequel has been asked for, so why is it being delivered?
The movie was great, and stood alone by itself perfectly.

No sequel has been asked for, so why is it being delivered?
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9:12AM on 03/30/2010

Darth Maul wisdom...

This is like a double-edged lightsaber. Either you put it to good use or both the holder (studios / actors) and the beholder (audience) are going to be seriously f**ked.
This is like a double-edged lightsaber. Either you put it to good use or both the holder (studios / actors) and the beholder (audience) are going to be seriously f**ked.
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8:41AM on 03/30/2010

Unnecessary sequels + 3D =

MONEY! Yea, it'll happen.
MONEY! Yea, it'll happen.
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7:45AM on 03/30/2010
As long as Will Smith knock's out another alien with one punch & lights up a cigar I'm there.
As long as Will Smith knock's out another alien with one punch & lights up a cigar I'm there.
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6:56AM on 03/30/2010

Why not!

Are the sequels needed? No, not at all. Will I till see them? Of course. If they go all out and make these awesome and include Smith and Goldblum I'm down.
Are the sequels needed? No, not at all. Will I till see them? Of course. If they go all out and make these awesome and include Smith and Goldblum I'm down.
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