Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich team up, for an INDEPENDENCE DAY sequel

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A while back,we posted some news about the cult classic summer blockbuster, Independence Day, that was returning to destroy the White House once more in an extra dimension, contained within one 3D re-release.

The timing was odd though, for such a decision to be made, leaving us to chalk it up to Hollywood just wanting to ring a few more bucks out of us with some quick post-conversion work. Except, that bit of news may have heralded in a long awaited sequel.

Talking to THR, producer Dean Devlin confirmed that he would once again be partnering up with co-producer partner Roland Emmerich for the sequel. As he explained;

I can tell you that Roland and I have been working together for the first time in 11 years and we’re every excited about the idea of doing it. Whether or not we can make this happen, if we can get all the pieces to come together, that’s gonna be challenging.

But creatively, for the very first time since we did the original, I feel we have a worthy concept, a worthy path to go.

We resisted doing the sequel for years because we still wanted to honor the first one. The first one gave us all careers and we really love that movie and loved the experience.
We didn’t want to make a movie because it was financially a good idea, we only wanted to do it when we had an idea and a concept that creatively felt like it honored the first one—that it felt like an organic sequel as opposed to ‘let’s just go make some more money.
I feel like we got it. I think it took a long time, but I feel like we finally got something that really feels like, ‘that’s worth seeing as a sequel to Independence Day.

Devlin said that they’re “beginning a long process of talking to everybody,” in terms casting. Emmerich has mentioned some ideas to Will Smith in the past, who would most likely be the crucial factor in making audiences want to relive the summer of 1997 all over again.

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It’s still in the very, very early stages of production right now, and a second ID4 film could easily fall into development Hell. Still, if Deviln and Emmerich can pull this off, I’d be quite excited to see a sequel that pits humanity against the remnant forces from the invading alien armada, with all the advances of technology in the last 15 years being put to good use.

Last Updated: July 10, 2012

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