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

by Drew Taylor
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.

After refusing to answer our question about Smith, he let slip that there are "two versions" of the script that have been written. Wait, there's a version of the script with Smith's character and a version without? "Yes," Emmerich confirmed. When we remarked that this plan was pretty nutty, Emmerich just laughed. He also said that the script work by "White House Down" scribe Jamie Vanderbilt had been completed (on both versions, presumably). Somewhat optimistically, the director remarked that, "It's looking good [for the version with Smith]."

In the original film Smith played a hotshot fighter pilot with a sexy stripper girlfriend and an adorable child. That child has been long-rumored to be an essential part of the new film (potentially being played by "Fruitvale Station" star Michael B. Jordan). Returning cast members supposedly making the return for the sequel include Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum. So far the plot for the sequel is being kept under wraps but it's probably safe to assume that it will involve aliens attacking earth via really cool-looking death rays.

We also had to ask if the movie was still supposed to be broken up into two films or if it would remain as a single. Emmerich confirmed that it will be just one movie. "I thought about spending four years of my life on one movie and I didn't want to turn into something from the movie. It's a movie about aliens, I don't want to turn into an alien."

"Independence Day 2" is slated to hit theaters on July 3, 2015. That is, of course, if Emmerich wins the battle.

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  • Donella | October 30, 2013 5:29 PMReply

    Signs, District 9, Battle Los Angeles, and Falling Skies have all rendered a follow-up to Independence Day irrelevant and superflous.

  • China Mike | October 26, 2013 8:07 PMReply

    There are some stories--books--and some films that should never have a follow up. This is one of them. Don't ruin the story/film by continuation. The film "District 9" most definitely left itself open for more continuation, but not "Independence Day". Let it end where it did. This sequel is nothing more than a puffed up financial bit of money making cinema. Nobody wants a sequel, not really.

  • maxpeezy | October 26, 2013 2:17 PMReply

    I'm a huge fan of will smith, although i admit i haven't seen all his movies. ID4 was epic. It seems like beating a dead horse right now.

  • Jeff | October 26, 2013 12:45 PMReply

    I won't see any Will Smith movies. From my experience they are crap no matter how you dress them in effects. I wish Hollywood would take a step back and focus on content and not just turning a quick buck. I'm down to only watching 2 movies a year in the theater because everything else is crap. They aren't even worth the bandwidth required to torrent them.

  • Bob | October 26, 2013 12:16 PMReply

    Mars Attacks was much more entertaining. ID was one of the cheesiest movies of that decade.

  • Wgone | October 26, 2013 11:57 AMReply

    Independence day 2 - are you kidding - more Amer1can Exceptionalism - who believes in this bull crap anymore - unless it was a movie about an alien force saving the world from Amer1can bulliesm and restoring peace - i'd go see that!

  • brian january | October 26, 2013 11:29 AMReply

    For me, ID4 is one of the best action movies ever made, and it's certainly--by far--the best "aliens attack" movie ever made. I can't wait for the sequel!

    Brian January

  • DG | October 24, 2013 1:21 PMReply

    Such a stupid way to go about writing/making a movie

  • Ugh | October 24, 2013 1:19 PMReply

    Probably the same script. Just in one script the character is WILL SMITH. In the other it's MICHAEL B. JORDAN or THAT GUY FROM COMMUNITY.

  • T | October 24, 2013 1:14 PMReply

    If ever the Fresh Prince wanted a hit after his "push my douchey, talentless hack of a tool son down audiences' throat..." then, ID4- II would be the movie!

    Not that we care!, but whatever!!!

  • Clinton Weir | October 26, 2013 10:28 AM

    I agree with your basic sentiment (that AE was a tool for Will Smith to promote his son) but your vitriolic comment stepped over the line out of common decency.

  • bohmer | October 24, 2013 1:45 PM

    hahaha, agreed!

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