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MOVIES: Roland Emmerich & Producer Working on Independence Day 2

Posted on July 29, 2012

Rebooting, reimagining and bringing back old films with sequels are a trend in Hollywood nowadays, and this next bit isn't a surprise. Independence Day producer, Dean Devlin, gave some new details no the development of Independence Day 2, and it looks like that there's a good chance we could be getting this movie in the near future.

ComingSoon.net got to talk to Delvin during the 2012 Saturn Awards, to which he said him and Roland Emmerich (who directed the first Independence Day) are currently working to make this sequel happen. This is what the producer said:

"... the first time in eleven years, Roland Emmerich and I are working together. There are a lot of moving pieces that are coming together. I don't know if it will come together, but we want it to happen. This is the first time since we made the original that Roland and I are excited about doing it and feeling like we have the right idea and we have our fingers crossed.

Over the years everyone has always asked us about [the sequel]. We never wanted to do it unless it felt germane to the story. In fact, ten years ago I was hired to write a sequel to Independence Day and they paid me a lot of money. After I finished the script, I gave the money back and I said, 'Don't even read the script. The script is okay, but we can't make an okay sequel to Independence Day.' This is what gave me a career. The fans deserve better than this. And I really decided then that I was never going to do a sequel. Until about a year and a half ago when Roland called me up and said, 'Let's try again.' So we went out to Palm Springs and we cracked it. We said, 'That's a real sequel. That's a sequel that makes sense to do. That's a sequel that won't disappoint the fans. That one feels like we always intended to do that in the first place.' So I want it to happen. I don't know if it will."

So no sequel is actually confirmed, but both the director and producer are trying their best to make this happen (and with the money this is probably going to make, I'm sure it'll follow through). As for my thoughts on this, I personally loved the first ID4, but with movies like Transformers and Battleship hitting theaters every couple of months, I don't think I'd welcome another disaster film that involved aliens and spacecrafts destroying New York, Paris and other famous cities and landmarks. But hey, I'm sure it'll be a fun popcorn flick to check out.

As for the original Independence Day, that's going to be getting a 3D re-release on July 3, 2013.


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