Roland Emmerich has been a busy man. With the upcoming release of 2012, and a Shakespeare project in the works, how will he find the time to make a sequel to Independence Day? The 1996 action blockbuster that broke records, and made Will Smith an international movie star may have more story to tell according to Latino Review.
Back in 2008, 20th Century Fox CEO Tom Rothman spoke with IESB about the status of an Independence Day sequel and this is what he had to say;
“We would love to do it, it’s really a matter of Roland, it’s up to Roland. He knows that we’d love to do it. I don’t think there is a script but there have been a lot of ideas, but the truth of the matter is he’s been making other films. He made Day After Tomorrow for us, big hit movie, he’s doing 2012 for Sony. But, any day that Roland wanted to do that, we would be very excited to do it because I think, yes, that story definitely can and should continue.”
So, the ball is in Emmerich’s court and last week the director finally spoke about a follow up to ID4.
Dean Devlin and I are still set to make a sequel likely because we’ve found some sort of idea and we approached FOX and FOX has not quite figured out how to incorporate Dean’s and my deal, and Will’s (Smith) deal. Will wants to do it in some sort of a package they can live with. So it’s just been in negations now since forever, and naturally FOX says “Why don’t you do it without Will Smith?” I said Will is essential for us, for this movie and actually for the audience too. And, so, it’s in limbo and lately the studios are fighting. Like gross players, and Will is a gross player and is probably the only gross player right now who’s worth his gross. So we’ll see what happens. I would love to do it.
He went on to say that there is an ID4 script floating around somewhere, but he can’t tell us squat about it. This is very odd considering when we spoke to him about his Shakespeare film, he sounded like he was pretty much done with the disaster genre. Stop it with the games Roland, you know you can’t stay away! On another note, are the executives over at Fox out of their minds? How can you do a sequel without Will Smith? This is the film that made him Mr. 4th of July! Isn’t Jeff Goldbum on CSI, Law and Order, NCIS or something like that now? They need someone who can put asses in the seats.
Do you want to see a sequel to Independence Day?