Release Date: June 24, 2016
Independence Day is one of my favorite Sci-Fi movies. I have a tradition of watching it every 4th of July because to me, there’s nothing more American than kicking the crap out of an invading alien horde. The sequel has been talked about since 1997, and is now in full production. The title has been confirmed as Independence Forever Part I, and yes, this does mean that there’s going to be a Part II.
Independence Day Forever was created by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich who met while making Universal Soldier where Devlin was the writer and Emmerich the director. They seem to have hit it off because over the next few years they co-wrote Stargate, Independence Day, and Godzilla (1998) with Emmerich directing each movie. Apparently, after the blockbuster success of Independence Day, there was talk of, and even a script written for a sequel. That script has been passed off to Carter Blanchard who is in charge of the rewrite. Blanchard has little experience writing and I’m sure he’ll take all the advice he can get from Emmerich so as not to screw this one up.
So what will the story be? Well at this point it’s still unclear, but Emmerich did mention that originally, the story would take place 20 years after the first. Humans had scavenged alien technology and found they could use it, but not replicate it.
And of course the aliens will come back for revenge. If you had sent an armada to conquer a planet full of insignificant life forms that couldn’t even communicate telepathically and then have that entire armada wiped out by said insignificant life forms, you’d want revenge too.
Reprising their roles for the sequel will be Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park, The Grand Budabest Hotel) as the tech savvy David, Bill Pullman (The Equalizer, While You Were Sleeping) as former(?) president Thomas Whitmore, and Vivica A. Fox (Kill Bill, Batman & Robin) as former(?) stripper Jasmine Dubrow.
Joining the return cast will be Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games, Expendables 2) as the son-in-law of Thomas Whitmore (Pullman); Charlotte Gainsbourg (Nymphomaniac, Melancholia) whose part has not been disclosed; and Jessie Usher (When the Game Stands Tall, Teenage) as Dylan Dubrow, son of Jasmine.
Now, the question has to be asked: Where the heck is Will Smith? It seems Mr. Smith has decided not to be a part of this sequel, so it will be interesting to see how they write Captain Steven Hiller out of the script. There is still time for Smith to sign on however, and my fingers are crossed that he’ll do so.