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Roland Emmerich Says There's Two 'Independence Day 2' Scripts, One With Will Smith & One Without

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 24, 2013 1:01 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: While talking with director Roland Emmerich earlier today, as he does press for the forthcoming home video release of "White House Down," we had to inquire about the state of his highly anticipated "Independence Day 2." He sighed when we asked about the film, and claimed that it was, "A daily battle ... The budget, the schedules, the actors … " Still, he promised, "It's looking good." The director was more elusive, however, when we pressed him about the potential involvement of Will Smith, something that seems to fluctuate wildly every time someone asks him about it.

Welcome (Back) To Earth: Will Smith Might Actually Return For 'Independence Day' Sequel

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 5, 2013 1:07 PM
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"Independence Day" (1996)
Earlier this summer, "White House Down" director Roland Emmerich said that Will Smith would most likely not be back for "Independence Day 2," the big budget sequel to his beloved sci-fi flick. But what a difference a few months and a notoriously costly flop make. Now Emmerich has said that Smith might return for the sequel as the cigar-chomping pilot from the original film and not, say, his twin brother. Anyone else now keenly excited about "Independence Day 2: The Legend of Steve Hiller's Gold?"

Will Smith Won't Celebrate 'Independence Day 2' Plus 2 New Clips From Roland Emmerich's 'White House Down'

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • June 24, 2013 10:06 AM
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While director Roland Emmerich has his latest summer blockbuster “White House Down” to concern himself with, he can’t escape the question that inevitably follows him to every media event he attends -- what’s up with the sequel to “Independence Day”? The Daily News recently caught up with Emmerich to get the latest scoop on the often suggested sequel, and this time, he revealed that a certain iconic star would not be returning.

6 A-List Stars With Greenlight Power: Do They Wield It For Good Or Evil?

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 3, 2013 2:45 PM
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6 Stars With Greenlight Power
The process by which movie A gets made while movies B-Z end up as so much shredded paper and shattered dreams is an arcane and mysterious one. While it seems as though most scripts, if they’re not just ignored, are simply fed into the enormous, clogged-up machine of the Hollywood system to be pawed over, derided or defended by the assistants to various junior executives at endless meetings about meetings, the accepted wisdom still runs that if you can get your script in front of one of maybe twenty or thirty specific pairs of eyes, the odds tip dramatically in your favor. These godlike beings with ”greenlight power,” however, are fewer now than in previous eras, in part because of a shift in the type of movies that make the big moneys these days (it’s not like “The Hangover Part III” or “Fast And Furious 6” were little sure-to-be-overlooked gems in need of a Selznick-type saviour to rescue them from the turnaround pile.) This casts the opening weekend disappointment of “After Earth” in an interesting light in a couple of ways.

'Men In Black 4' Might Have To Erase The Memory Of Will Smith

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • June 3, 2013 2:07 PM
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When the “Men in Black” franchise proved that it still had legs after a strong third outing, it seemed inevitable that Sony would set their eyes on a fourth movie. In fact, a writer was tasked with gig of writing "Men In Black 4" last month. The only real question was who would be returning?

Box Office: Will Smith Tumbles With 'After Earth'; 'Fast & Furious 6' Holds On To #1

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 2, 2013 12:08 PM
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After Earth, Will Smith
Has there ever been any franchise quote like the "Fast And Furious" films? Since Justin Lin took over the series, the grosses have risen with each installment. His "The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift" collected $158 million globally seven years ago, and now, three movies later, "Fast And Furious 6" is set to gross over $170 million domestically within its first eleven days of release. Even with two challenging newcomers in the marketplace, this latest installment held the top spot for the second weekend in a row, and should become the second film in the series to cross half a billion in global gross within days (it currently rests at $480.6M globally).

Will Smith's 5 Best Performances

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • May 30, 2013 3:43 PM
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Will Smith 5 Best Roles
When you reach the level of stardom that Will Smith has achieved, it can almost feel like you might have more to lose than gain (except in monetary terms) by embarking on anything as risky as a new film project. And indeed, the multi-hyphenate Smith had been largely absent from our screens over the past five years, until he showed up for last year’s “Men in Black 3,” which we might suggest, in being a sequel to a still-fondly-thought-of franchise, wasn’t the flier that arguably this week’s “After Earth” is.

Review: 'After Earth' Provides Father-Son Counseling Within Generic Sci-Fi Trappings

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 30, 2013 8:56 AM
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After Earth, Jaden Smith, Will Smith
In regards to summer blockbusters, there’s a sense that we should grade on a curve. So count a couple of wins in M. Night Shyamalan’s column: “After Earth” is not one of those movies where you have to keep track of a million characters, each one having some sort of individual, arcane plot significance. It is not reliant on a pre-established property or mythology. At a brisk 100 minutes, the picture certainly never overstays its welcome. It doesn’t have a half-hearted allusion to 9/11 or current global politics, and isn’t scored like a composer with a grudge is doling out revenge one booming crescendo at a time. And thank the God for small favors that “After Earth” isn’t in 3D.

Wicky Wild 'Wild Bunch': Will Smith To Star In Remake Of Sam Peckinpah Classic

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 14, 2013 4:19 PM
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In theory, Will Smith is still one of the biggest movie stars on the planet, but it's been over five years since "I am Legend" and we're still awaiting a proper of how test of his star power has fared since then. Granted he did return last summer after a four-year gap with "Men In Black 3," which performed well, but that was always his biggest franchise and a sub two hundred million domestic gross for an expensive franchise movie isn't blowing anyone away. The end of this month should see a more significant test when "After Earth" hits theaters, although even that sees him playing second fiddle to son Jaden Smith.

Watch: TV Spot For 'After Earth' Plus New Pics From M. Night Shyamalan's Sci-Fi Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 24, 2013 10:20 AM
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Will Smith, Jaden Smith, After Earth
Ah, Earth Day. What was once a moment spent to consider the fate of our planet is now a crass marketing opportunity, and nobody knows that better than Fox. Just a couple years ago, they used the day to help push "Avatar" on home video...the first of a double-dip release, which we're pretty sure isn't so environmentally friendly. And this year, they're showing they care about the planet by reminding you about a Will Smith movie that's coming out.

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