Independence Day 2 has two scripts to cover Will Smith’s potential absence

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Roland Emmerich’s long-awaited sequel to Independence Day has two different scripts in place, one allowing for Will Smith’s return and the other for his absence.

The director himself confirmed the existence of the two scripts, both of which have been written by James Vanderbilt, before suggesting that things are “looking good” for the Smith-inclusive version.

How drastically the non-Smith script deviates from the other is unclear, although presumably Smith would expect a pretty sizeable role in proceedings should he decide to return.

Meanwhile, Emmerich has clarified that the sequel will now be shot as a single film, as opposed to the two-parter that had originally been mooted.

“I thought about spending four years of my life on one movie and I didn't want to turn into something from the movie,” says Emmerich to The Playlist. “It's a movie about aliens, I don't want to turn into an alien.”

Reportedly starring Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum, Independence Day 2 will open in the US on 3 July 2015, with a UK date to be confirmed.

Would the film still work without Smith? Tell us, below!


    • Jareth64

      Oct 25th 2013, 11:49

      Independence Day doesn't need a sequel.

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    • smellyhands

      Oct 25th 2013, 12:37

      Independence Day 2? Does this mean it will be set on the 5th of July?

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    • X4X5campaign

      Oct 25th 2013, 16:44

      off topic: Whats happening with X-Men, Totalfilm? there has been plenty of official stuff since yesterday's teaser and today with 10 or so pics thanks to different sites, and nothing on Totalfilm yet :/ Hopefully a X-Men Totalfilm cover arrives soon ;)

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    • Ali1748

      Oct 25th 2013, 21:17

      Will Smith and Johnny Depp need to ditch blockbusters and look for more challenging roles.

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    • ilikescifi

      Oct 26th 2013, 0:55

      Does this release date mean it will be competing with avengers 2, Jurassic park 4 and star wars 7? If so, good luck

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    • trist808

      Oct 26th 2013, 9:26

      @ilikescifi Avengers 2 is May, Jurassic World is June, Independence Day July and Star Wars VII Dec ... and thisis just a small sample of big films for 2015 ... hence why that year is potentially going to be the biggest year of blockbusters ever!

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