Roland Emmerich‘s been out and about promoting his latest disaster movie, 2012 and has started throwing out a few hints regarding the king of all disaster movies, Independence Day. A few weeks ago, rumors of a second film were all over the net after the director confirmed that he wasn’t opposed to making a follow up to the film. Now, we’ve learned that we might get two sequels as opposed to one.
Independence Day hit theaters 13 years ago in 1996 and broke all kinds of box office records. It also solidified Will Smith as a household name, which earned him the moniker “Mr. Fourth of July.” Emmerich recently discussed his plans for the follow up to the film, which he reveals may be a two-parter.
“What we want to do in the next – it’s actually two movies – we want to do a bigger arc,” he explained. “‘Independence Day’ was always like the king who leads his troops into battle against an evil force, and that stays like that.”
If that didn’t blow your mind how about the title he has in store for the films, ID4-ever possibly Part I and Part II, yes people he went there. He also went on to say that a script hasn’t been written up, but he’s certain that it will incorporate Smith’s character from the original.
“There’s an idea,” he said – but he did say that when they move forward Will Smith will most certainly be involved. “The idea is just to continue the story and actually I don’t know how many years ago this was—twelve, thirteen, fourteen years ago—and just continue where it ended.”
Could anything good really come of this? We’ve seen sequels produced several decades after their predecessors to mixed reviews (Indiana Jones), so do we really want to damage the badass legacy that the original Independence Day left us? That was an ensemble action movie that delivered on multiple levels.
The biggest deciding factor here may have to do with whether or not 2012 performs well at the box office. If Emmerich wants to secure the financing for a film of this stature he’s going to have to prove to the studio that he can earn them a profit.
What do you think about Emmerich’s vision for an ID4 sequel?