Roland Emmerich Wants To Make Independence Day 214.10.09 # Sequel # 11 Comments
Given ‘Independence Day’s massive financial (if not critical) success and it’s ubiquity in popular culture (who hasn’t seen the shot of the White House being vaporized) it seems strange that Fox has never attempted to make a cash-in sequel. Well Roland Emmerich (director of the original and of the upcoming disaster flick ‘2012’) was asked about the prospect this week and he seems to love the idea. So why hasn’t it happened?
From Latino Review -
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 [negotiations] 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.
Emmerich goes on to say that he has a “a very really good great story” in mind for the sequel already, so I guess it’s just down to getting Smith to sign on the dotted line. Hey, it can’t be any worse than ‘I, Robot’.
What do you think about a sequel to ‘Independence Day’? And for that matter do you think the original is even good enough to warrant continuing the story?