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New Writers Recruited For 'Independence Day 2' & Todd Phillips' 'Mule'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 2, 2014 4:59 PM
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As Roland Emmerich waited around to see if Will Smith would return for the "Independence Day" sequel, two scripts were prepared—one with the actor back in his role, one without. But earlier this year, it became official with the Fresh Prince really and truly deciding he didn't want to fight aliens again, at least in this movie. And so as the project continues to slowly roll forward, a new writer has been brought in.

Will Smith Finally Decides Not To Star In 'Independence Day 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2014 6:31 PM
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Yes, no, maybe: those are the three answers Will Smith has given to 20th Century Fox about returning for "Independence Day 2" aka "ID Forever" over the past few years. But now it seems he's made up his mind. Almost.

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.

'Independence Day' Sequel 'ID Forever Part 1' Wants 'Fruitvale Station' Star Michael B. Jordan

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 26, 2013 3:05 PM
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It's a pretty good time to be Michael B. Jordan. The actor, who broke out in the low-budget superhero hit "Chronicle," saw his profile raised tremendously in 2013 thanks to a strong turn in "Fruitvale Station," and it has put him on the map in a big way. It seems every franchise wants the actor, who is already working on "Creed" with his 'Fruitvale' helmer Ryan Coogler, while his name has come up in talks for "Fantastic Four" and "Star Wars: Episode 7." And now another blockbuster wants his talents.

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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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?"

Never Fear, Roland Emmerich Confirms Jeff Goldblum & Bill Pullman Will Return For 'Independence Day 2'

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • June 25, 2013 2:06 PM
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As Roland Emmerich has been making the press rounds for the upcoming "White House Down," the director has been creating some buzz around the upcoming "Independence Day 2," sequel to the 1996 mega-blockbuster. To the disappointment of many (though admittedly less than before "After Earth"), Emmerich revealed this past weekend, "Will Smith cannot come back because he’s too expensive, but he'd also be too much of a marquee name." This left all '90s nostalgists pondering and panting about who else will or won't sign on for "Independence Day 2."

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.

Welcome To Earth! 'Independence Day 2' (a.k.a. 'ID Forever Part 1?') Slated For 2015 Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 20, 2013 7:17 PM
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Yes, the long, long developing sequel to Roman Emmerich's smash hit "Independence Day" is really and truly closer to actually happening. Why? It just got a release date.

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

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • 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 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 followups to his alien invasion blockbuster.

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