For years there have been rumours about a possible sequel to the alien apocalyptic action movie, Independence Day. Fans of the action packed, alien ass-kicking movie starring Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, and Bill Pullman have been waiting since 1996 for a sequel to be announced. Finally, it’s starting to look like these rumours have a little weight behind them. Speaking recently to the Hollywood Reporter the original writer Dean Devlin gave an update on the sequel.
Speaking about working with the original director of Independence Day, Roland Emmerich on a script, Devlin was more than optimistic about a sequel coming to fruition.
“I can tell you that Roland and I have been working together for the first time in 11 years and we’re very excited about the idea of doing it.”
Devlin talked about why there was a long wait for a sequel to Independence Day. “We resisted doing the sequel for years because we still wanted to honour the first one. The first one gave us all careers, and we really love that movie and loved the experience,” Devlin explained. “We didn’t want to make a movie because it was financially a good idea, we only wanted to do it when we had an idea and a concept that creatively felt like it honoured the first one — that it felt like an organic sequel as opposed to ‘let’s just go make some more money.’ ”
While it is exciting to see some movement on the alien/action franchise movie goers will have to wait a good while to see it. As movies go, it’s in the very early stages of production. It has to be pitched to a movie producer, it has to be funded, and it has to get all the cast and crew on board. It also has to compete in a world that has moved past the ‘God Bless America’ motif, and intrigue an audience that has become accustomed to high quality special effects. Let’s keep an ear to the ground and hope this one gets made. In the meantime, here’s a reminder of the original – after all, the 3D release of the original movie is released in the US on July 3rd 2013, so it shouldn’t be too long before you can see it all again on the Big Screen.