Dean Devlin on Independence Day 2

Exclusive: Producer reveals sequel's focus...

Independence Day blew cinema audiences away in 1996, with its mixture of wow-inducing spectacle and Will Smith star-power.

We've got very fond memories of the film, and, as it turns out, so does Independence Day's producer Dean Devlin, who spoke to us exclusively as part of our October issue's sci-fi spectacular, on-sale at all good newsagents near you now.

"Roland and I sat down and watched the original. It's a different experience on television!" Devlin told us.

"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."

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What would you like to see in an Independence Day sequel? Tell us!


    • devilsfoxes

      Sep 8th 2012, 10:34

      Also da big axplossions.... they needa blow up moar cities!!! don forget dat!!

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    • SiMan

      Sep 8th 2012, 12:31

      I'd welcome a sequel - we still don't know where the Aliens came from. Was it their entire civilization that attacked? What is the world like after the invasion? There's scope for some more stories - only problem is can it be dine in a different way to the original. I don't just ant to see the same thing - they come and blow up our cities, we find a way to trick them and win - just with better FX now. it has to be a storytgat is a natural progression. Maybe we've used their technology to advance our own space travel and we come across them again out on the galaxy, maybe even help another alien race fight them off.

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    • Ali1748

      Sep 8th 2012, 15:20

      Welcome to earth...............again.

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    • simster82

      Sep 8th 2012, 18:52

      Only if Jeff comes back!

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    • Hadouken76

      Sep 8th 2012, 21:48

      Yeah but rememeber, the whole film was built on the moneyshot of the White House getting pasted by an alien mega-beam. Nothing will the equal the spectacle of that. So that just leaves a bunch of fake looking CGI aliens and spaceships. Well thats what the SYFY channel is for.

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    • aragorn01

      Sep 9th 2012, 10:31

      i hope by having 'much love' in it he doesn't think that the sequel must be overwhelmed by 'jokes' or 'funny' moments...cuz that's why i think ID 4's much superior to the rest of Emmerich-Devlin projects afterwards, like Day After Tomorrow, 10000 bc and 2012...ID 4 did NOT go overboard with jokes and the funnies. it's got enough and it also maintain some dramatic (sometimes corny, but with just the right placement in the movie and tone and timing)...and the characters are made just right and NOT annoying. the story feels right and not uneven in places. those are all devlin and emmerich should FOCUS ON when they get back together as a team and do ID 4's sequel(s).

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    • ilikescifi

      Sep 10th 2012, 4:20

      doesn't 'lovable' mean 'stupid yet cute and forgivable'? or 'well-intentioned'? i wish i could go into a film production company meeting and ask for $150million because i have a 'lovable' project with my D&G sunglasses and ed har dy jacket

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