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Roland Emmerich Says 'Independence Day' Sequels 'ID Forever' Will Have "The Sons Take Over"

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by Kevin Jagernauth
March 26, 2013 5:33 PM
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Oh, I guess we're still talking about this. It seems that every six months to a year, talk of the forever developing "Independence Day" sequels -- yes, there are two, and at one point they were rumored to shoot back-to-back. Well, they're apparently called "ID Forever," and talking to press today about this summer's explosion-y "White House Down" (the trailer is arriving imminently), Roland Emmerich dropped some tiny morsels about the follow ups to his alien invasion blockbuster.

"The humans knew that one day the aliens would come back,” he explained, revealing that a distress call brings in alien reinforcements to battle Earth. ”And they know that the only way you can really travel in space is through wormholes. So for the aliens, it could take two or three weeks, but for us that’s 20 or 25 years.” So yes, that means the next installments will be taking place a couple of decades after the events of the 1996 movie, and that also means that the scripts by Emmerich and Dean Devlin -- currently being rewritten by James Vanderbilt ("Zodiac," "The Amazing Spider-Man") --  will shift the focus of the story.

“It’s still some of the same characters, but also new younger characters; it’s a little bit like the sons take over,” Emmerich said. Ross Bagley played the stepson of Will Smith's character in the original movie, but considering that the actor was rumored to have wanted Jada and Willow for the followups, one can easily see Jaden Smith being positioned, but there's no word yet. In fact, while Bill Pullman has already agreed to return, Smith remains non-committal. But the movie is pressing on, with apparently some kind of plan for if he does bail, and the humans this time around are slightly more well prepared.

"It’s a changed world. It’s like parallel history. [Humans] have harnessed all this alien technology. We don’t know how to duplicate it because it’s organically-grown technology, but we know how to take an antigravity device and put it in a human airplane,” he explained, adding that art departments were already putting together concepts. 

Anyway, we'll see what happens and whether or Smith demands drastic rewrites to take the lead role like he did for "Django Unchained." And while the 3D re-release for "Independence Day" was taken off the table for this summer, it probably won't be long before it's thrown back on the schedule. [EW]

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3 Comments

  • Donella | June 27, 2013 11:48 PMReply

    I recommend that Will Smith not take this role in ID4. The fact that both Emmerich and Tarantino have taken to making passive-aggressive comments to media about Will Smith's lack of participation in their projects reveals a lack of trustworthiness and discretion and respect for Smith. A continuance of the Independence Day saga would have to somehow differentiate itself from Battle: Los Angeles and Fallen Skies which seem to have filled in the 18-year alien invasion gap. I don't believe this is possible. Emmerich's attempt to intimidate Smith into coming to heel is a power trip and head game of the sort Smith has worked and fought too hard to tolerate. I hope Smith instead chooses to continue productions with Overbrook and provide jobs and opportunities for other Black actors and actresses in futuristic science fiction.

  • Glass | March 27, 2013 3:14 AMReply

    I'm still not adjusting to this world we live in, where Jaden Smith is going to be a blockbuster actor for the next few decades god fucking dammit

  • chase | March 26, 2013 10:34 PMReply

    If Jada and Jaden are in this, I will not be seeing this. Bring the original actors back.

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