First off, is anyone else floored that we’re nearly halfway through summer? I can’t believe that the Fourth of July was last week already. In related news, our country’s real-life birthday brings more tidbits on the movie version of Independence Day, and its upcoming sequels. Director Roland Emmerich has been hinting at these for years, reiterating that the pieces need to fall into place to make the right circumstances for ID4-ever Parts 1 and 2 to happen organically. (With titles like that, I don’t know how it could be natural at all, but I loved the original, so I’ll trust.)
In a recent interview with Slashfilm, Emmerich seems really confident that they’ve finally hit upon the right concept:
“We resisted doing the sequel for years because we still wanted to honor the first one. The first one gave us all careers and we really love that movie and loved the experience. 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 honored the first one—that it felt like an organic sequel as opposed to ‘let’s just go make some more money.’ I feel like we got it. I think it took a long time, but I feel like we finally got something that really feels like, ‘that’s worth seeing as a sequel to Independence Day.’”
Back in early 2010, it was reported that Will Smith was on board and would presumably start shooting after he wrapped Men in Black 3, which has just come out. Later that year, Emmerich even teased that Will’s character Captain Steven Hiller could even be President, with this quote: “Or, who will be president? Who will be president? See?” Regardless, Emmerich wants this movie to take place at least a decade after the first one (which came out in 1997), in a universe radically altered by the alien attacks. “It’s an alternate reality kind of movie,” he said. “We pick up the story, what would have happened after this kind of attack? Naturally, the alien technology has changed everything.”
Now here’s what I’m wondering: Wouldn’t it be the perfect opportunity to not only bring back Will, but to also incorporate his superstar children Jaden and Willow Smith? I was sure that Jaden had joined his dad in this movie like in many others, but it turns out he wasn’t even born when it was shot. Still, the character of Will’s son was his girlfriend’s son, so it’s not like he would have to appear in the sequel.
Especially if Emmerich and co-writer Dean Devlin want to play up Captain Hiller as President, why not channel the Obamas and bring on Jaden and Willow as his on-screen First Kids? I can see it now: There’s a second invasion, but we have some alien tech left over from the first one—it’s only a hop, skip, and a jump over to the Smith kids piloting alien ships into the atmosphere to combat the new baddies trying to blow up the White House for a second time.
Plus, you’ve got the built-in soundtrack!
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