Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin are hoping to revive their 1996 film ‘Independence Day’ and gain a larger fan following so that they’ll be able to continue their story with two sequels. One thing being done to help them is the planned re-release of the original film starring Will Smith, Bill Pullman, and Jeff Goldblum in 3D for next year’s Fourth of July weekend. But if that goes well, then we may be seeing ‘ID4’ expand into a trilogy. And if that happens, the co-writers are ready for it.
According to Blastr, co-writer and director Emmerich believes that he and co-writer/producer Devlin have a “quite unique” way to continue the franchise with two films tentatively titled ‘ID Forever Part One’ and ‘ID Forever Part Two’.
Devlin wishes to carry over integral aspects of the first film into the sequels. In fact, he’s so concerned about making the script as good as it can be, he once returned a paycheck for a sequel script because it wasn’t good enough. Here’s what he had to say about the potential second and third films:
“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.”
The report also stated that the studio and the members of the cast are in negotiations for these planned sequels. Most likely, the talks are in regards to money considering Will Smith has much more star power these days than he did back in 1996.
So we’re not entirely sure if these sequels are actually happening yet, but if they get greenlit, the creative team behind them is ready. Are you? What do you think about ID Forever Part One’ and ‘ID Forever Part Two’? Does ‘Independence Day’ really need a sequel, let alone two “lovable” ones? Share your thoughts in the comments below!