Sounds like Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin’s ‘two’ “Independence Day” sequels might be inching closer.
Emmerich, who is the guy responsible for so many of those apocalyptic disaster movies, like “2012” and “The Day After Tomorrow”, is reuniting with his co-conspirator and the cast – including, probably, Will Smith, who previously wasn’t interested – of the 1996 film for “ID Forever : Part 1″ and “1D Forever : Part 2″.
The first sequel will be set twenty-years after the events of the first film, and sees the aliens above receiving a distress call sent by the first wave of alien, which “finally brings reinforcements to Earth”.
“The humans knew that one day the aliens would come back,” explains the director (in a new interview with EW), whose latest film is the amusingly titled “White House Down”. ”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.”
Emmerich is already working with the art department on the look of the film.
“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 explains.
Some of the original characters from the original film return, but they’ll be handing over the baton to a new group of saviors.
“It’s still some of the same characters, but also new younger characters; it’s a little bit like the sons take over,” says Emmerich, who promises that the first sequel will have a cliffhanger ending to keep audiences coming back for more. “The first one ends on a little success, but only enough to give the humans hope. And then in the second one they free themselves again [from the aliens].”
1996’s “Independence Day” starred Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Randy Quaid, Bill Pullman, Mary McDonnell, Vivica A.Fox, Margaret Colin, Judd Hirsch, Robert Loggia, James Rebhorn, Harry Connick Jr, Brent Spiner and “Parenthood”‘s Mae Whitman.