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There'll Be 2 Sequels To 'Independence Day,' Both Will Be 3D (Their Titles Revealed & More)

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by Tambay A. Obenson
September 12, 2012 10:38 AM
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It was announced earlier this year that Twentieth Century Fox would re-release a 3D version of the film that we could say helped launch Will Smith to superstardom status - Independence Day (or ID4).

The studio was obviously inspired by the $344 million worldwide box office take of the re-release of Titanic in 3D.

Fox will release ID43D (we could call it), worldwide, on July 32013, so we're about a year away from that.

Also worth noting is the sequel to Independence Day that's been talked about for a few years now, with director Ronald Emmerich stating that he plans to revisit that blockbuster, turning it into a franchise with not one, but TWO more films.

Emmerich and screenwriting partner Dean Devlin have reportedly already completed scripts for back-to-back sequels, and, as of our last posting on this, had turned them over to superstar Will Smith for his approval, because, as one might expect, Smith would play a key role in whether both films actually get made.

But that may not be quite the case, since recent developments have said that 20th Century Fox could go ahead with both films without Smith, if they decide that his demands are too steep.

What demands? Well, most significantly, from our last post on this a few months back, Big Willie reportedly asks for $50 million to appear in both films, and Fox balked at the idea. There was also talk about Poppa Smith wanting to include his wife and kids in the movie (said a New York magazine exclusive).

Will's salary for the first film was about $5 million; not bad, considering he certainly wasn't the proven box office champ that he would later become. I'd assume that any sequels to ID4 would cost more than the $75 million the original film did. How much more, I don't know. But given the current budgets of many high-profile, special effects-laden, 3D blockbusters, I wouldn't be shocked if the budgets for ID4 parts 2 and 3 are in the $150 - $200+ million range (including salaries of course). So Will Smith asking for $25 million for each isn't all that unreasonable, is it? Given that he will likely headline each, and will be the main box office draw (along with the computer generated alien effects).

And if he wants to include his family in it... well... the question is, how badly do Fox and Emmerich want him in both films, and how crucial his appearance is to each film's box office.

In an interview with FilmStarts (via Bleeding Cool), posted yesterday, Emmerich updates us on the status of the sequels, stating:

- They already have titles for both films: ID Forever - Part 1, and ID Forever - Part 2

- The films will be shot in 2D, and then post-converted to 3D (which I don't quite understand; why not just shoot 3D?); although Emmerich has already said that he's not too high on 3D. But it may not be solely his decision to make.

- Emmerich adds that there's still a struggle between the studio and the actors, although he doesn't say what exactly that struggle is; maybe it has to do with signing everyone they want to return for the sequels, and the money each might be asking.

- And finally, co-writer Dean Devlin had this to add to the conversation: "The thing that really hit me about the movie is how much love there is in it: between the characters; that the filmmakers had making it; that the cast had for each other. As we're approaching a sequel we're focusing on that aspect of it. Because I think that was really the key as to why it worked for everyone. It was lovable." Alrighty then. Lots of love all around I guess. 

Let's see if they can rekindle that love with the studio, and get ID Forever - Part 1 and ID Forever - Part 2, financed and produced.

We'll see how this all shakes out. I haven't exactly been longing for ID4 sequels, but I'll probably still see them if they do get made, with or without Will Smith.

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  • Markus | September 13, 2012 4:19 AMReply

    Tambay,

    They are not shooting it in 3D because the director probably hates it and the studio forces them to do it anyway because they think the can cash in, so they just decide to post convert. "Just don't bother me with 3D, slap it on later." - that seems to be the general problem with nowadays 3D films. I firmly believe that this is the main reason that we haven't seen another Avatar or Hugo quality 3D film, that delivers both narratively and technically. The few films that get done natively in 3D nowadays are unfortunately also poorly done for the most part, which doesn't prove to be a strong point to shooting anything in 3D natively. This is a really unfortunate trend but I do believe that we will at least see some very well executed 3D movie over the next couple of year. I have yet to see an converted movie that adds anything to the experience. IMHO if you decide to do a movie in stereoscopic 3D, you have to also think in 3D and design your shots differently than you would do for a 2D movie. There is a handful of films that have showed us how it can be done. How can you make good use of 3D if your visual design was never designed to be 3D in the first place?

  • JohnB | September 12, 2012 11:30 PMReply

    Though normally not a fan of 3D, this film seems like a great fit for the process, and I am really looking forward to seeing it on the big screen again. As far as the sequels go, hopefully the filmmakers will do justice to the original storyline when they produce them. With this much time in between films I don't know how essential Will Smith would be; enjoyed his character but no loss if he's not back (especially if his demands include wife and kid); my favorite character was Bill Pullman's President Whitmore, anyway.

  • Donella | September 17, 2012 5:31 PM

    Will Smith is not essential to Independence Day. It was an ensemble piece with multiple storylines. Almost twenty years later, all the main characters would have "retired" from their character's positions to support character/advisory status for the new players on the scene--president, pilot, etc. Smith could easily be replaced and the movie would not suffer. I view it like the Terminator series. Characters come and go. The storyline remains.

  • ALM | September 12, 2012 9:45 PMReply

    They waited a REALLY long time to do these sequels. They need to pay Will his money if they want him in the film. He long ago proved himself to be a box office draw. He has far more hits than misses. It is amazing that the studio doesn't think he is worth $25 million. Including his family is another story entirely.....

  • Dankwa Brooks | September 12, 2012 2:17 PMReply

    I really dig the original, but I'm not seeing that joint in 3D. The sequels? Shrug. If Will does them probably, but on paper right now—with those titles? No bueno.

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