How’s this for cheesy: the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day is receiving not one, but two sequels—entitled Independence Day Forever Part One and Independence Day Forever Part Two—which will be shot in 2D and then given the odious 3D post-conversion, and will focus on being “lovable.” Oh, a million sighs.
The news comes from new interviews with original Independence Day director Roland Emmerich (currently working on White House Down), and produce Dean Devlin.
In an interview with FILMSTARTS (via /Film), Emmerich stated that the sequels will be shot in 2D, and then likely up-coverted to 3D as that’s what the studio wants. He also noted that the “primary hurdle” in terms of getting the film made is “getting all the actors back on board.” Better start backing those garbage trucks full of money to Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum’s front doors now.
Elsewhere, Dean Devlin spoke to Total Film about rewatching the original film, and deciding to follow-up on its “lovable” tone:
Roland and I sat down and watched the original. It’s a different experience on television! 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.
So there you have it—the sequels will be “lovable.” “Lovable.” Sigh.
What do you think of the Independence Day sequel news?