Roland Emmerich talks Independence Day sequels
Story by Jack Foley
ROLAND Emmerich has been outlining plans for two sequels to his 1996 blockbuster Independence Day.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the director confirmed that he has completed scripts for two follow-ups, tentatively called ID Forever Part I and ID Forever Part II, with co-writer Dean Devlin, which are now being re-written by James Vanderbilt (of The Amazing Spider-Man fame).
The next movies will take place 20 years after the original and would involve mostly new characters, although some of the original survivors may well come back.
Bill Pullman, who played the US President, recently confirmed that he will be involved, although Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum have yet to sign up.
Talking about what to expect story-wise, Emmerich told EW: “The humans knew that one day the aliens would come back. 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.
“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 anti-gravity device and put it in a human airplane…
“It’s still some of the same characters, but also new younger characters; it’s a little bit like the sons take over.”
Emmerich went on to say that the first sequel would involve a cliffhanger ending that paves the way for the events of the final film.
It is not known whether Emmerich will direct either film as yet (he’s on board as a producer and co-writer). But he’s currently just finished White House Down, another film that involves scenes of the White House being destroyed, starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx.