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‘Independence Day 2’ Could Become a Reality

About 16 years after Will Smith welcomed some aliens to Earth with a fist full of awesome, Independence Day writer Dean Devlin and director Roland Emmerich have been discussing an idea for a sequel.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter about the upcoming season of his television show Leverage on TNT, Devlin gave life to the possibility of Independence Day 2 and explained why it's taken so long.

"I can tell you that Roland and I have been working together for the first time in 11 years and we’re every excited about the idea of doing it. Whether or not we can make this happen, if we can get all the pieces to come together, that’s gonna be challenging. But creatively, for the very first time since we did the original, I feel we have a worthy concept, a worthy path to go."

So the idea is at least in place, which I suppose is more than there has been in over a decade. From a business perspective, no studio today would let a movie that made $817.4 million worldwide (in 1996 no less) walk away sequel-free, so it's actually a bit refreshing that having a good story is the thing driving this one forward.

"We resisted doing the sequel for years because we still wanted to honor the first one. The first one gave us all careers, and we really love that movie and loved the experience ... We didn’t want to make a movie because it was financially a good idea, we only wanted to do it when we had an idea and a concept that creatively felt like it honored the first one — that it felt like an organic sequel as opposed to ‘let’s just go make some more money.' ... I feel like we got it, I think it took a long time, but I feel like we finally got something that really feels like, 'that’s worth seeing as a sequel to Independence Day.' "The timing for more alien mayhem and passionate presidential speeches couldn't be better, as alien invasion films are even more en vogue than they were in the mid-to-late '90s.

With Smith proving through Men in Black III that he still has swagger — even in franchises that have been shelved for 10 years — there's plenty of reason Fox would entertain the notion.

Would you welcome a sequel to Independence Day?


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