Has "the fat lady" finally sung for the Independence Day sequel? In an interview with Empire, director of the original film, Roland Emmerich may have effectively peed in the Cheerios of fans who have been anxiously awaiting the follow-up to the 1996 big-budget explosion-laden summer crowd-pleaser. The director sat down to discuss his plans for his upcoming Elizabethan-set film, Anonymous, which focuses on the age-old controversy of exactly who really wrote Shakespeare's great works? (My guess: It was either Christopher Marlowe or Wesley Willis.) However, when Emmerich was asked about the rumor-filled return to the Independence Day (or ID4) franchise, the director was oddly unambiguous with his answer. And that answer, unfortunately for fans, did not yield good news.
According to Emmerich:
“Independence Day 2 is nowhere," Adding: “It’s back and forth, back and forth. There’s no script because I don’t want to write anything before anything starts.”
This is a stark contrast from the news/rumors we heard last year, which depicted the project as practically greenlit, with not one, but two sequels, and star Will Smith supposedly locked-in for both. In fact, this narrative had Fox Studio, who had money practically leaking from their proverbial till from their post-Avatar earnings, ready to pay Smith the big-bucks that his star-power would justify, to finally get this thing off the ground.
However, all is not completely lost for popcorn-munching weekend destruction fetishists. The news is hardly a definitive smack-down of the project. In fact, Emmerich would later add in the interview that “One day it will happen.” So, considering that Independence Day reaped over $817 million worldwide (in 1996 dollars) for the studio, those kind of numbers will never really take a potential sequel off the table, even though the film will be fifteen years-old this year. (That's a scary thought. Now I'm depressed.)
For now, though, Emmerich is moving on to another sci-fi franchise full of mutant psychics in the future with the adaptation of Isaac Asimov's Foundation. The film franchise is expected to be a trilogy, covering the story from Asimov's seven novel series.
What do you think? Will we ever get to see Will Smith "whoop E.T.'s ass" again?