Emmerich talks Independence Day sequel

ID4-Ever, anyone?

The original film might have come out way back 1996, but it appears Roland Emmerich keeps wanting us to think that a sequel to Independence Day might still be on the cards.

Yes, with his latest offering of disasto-porn, 2012, about to hit our cinemas, it's no surprise that the director is being asked about the possibility of the follow-up.

"What we want to do in the next – it's actually two movies – we want to do a bigger arc," he tells MTV. "Independence Day was always like the king who leads his troops into battle against an evil force, and that stays like that." According to Emmerich, he has a title - ID4-Ever

We're sure Fox would want to get on board, given how successful the original was. But, as he cautions, it's nowhere near happening yet.

"There's an idea. The idea is just to continue the story and actually I don't know how many years ago this was—twelve, thirteen, fourteen years ago—and just continue where it ended."

He also mentions that it'll stick to Earth - so no trips to an alien world, then - and that they really need Will Smith involved to get it moving. Given Smith's busy schedule, we'll be waiting a while, then...

[Source: MTV]

Do you want an ID4 sequel? Will there be an Earth left to invade if Emmerich has his way?




      Nov 13th 2009, 16:18

      No...no...NO!!! What's the point in making a sequel to this movie? The first movie had an ensemble feel to it and didn't seem to fall on one or two stars to carry it. It had a great balance of action, drama, and comedy thanks to a multitude of stars. More times than not, the focus on adding new elements to the sequel causes character development issues (see Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen for examples of that) or plot problems (see Superman Returns for that one). What happened to just telling a tight believable story and making the existing characters central to the plot? What new elements could you add to the sequel that may have been alluded in the first movie? We already know these aliens want to wipe us out...what else is there to explain. Just resolving budget issues on this thing is gonna be nightmarish. Leave well enough alone. Independence Day was great...no sequel needed please.

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