I’m very curious to see what director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin are planning for the two Independence Day sequels they’ve been writing. They’ve previously said that they’ve come up with a great idea, and they are working on pushing the films into production. Devlin wasn’t really interested in doing a sequel at one point because he didn’t like any of the ideas he came up with,
Until about a year and a half ago when Roland called me up and said, ‘Let’s try again.’ So we went out to Palm Springs and we cracked it. We said, ‘That’s a real sequel. That’s a sequel that makes sense to do. That’s a sequel that won’t disappoint the fans. That one feels like we always intended to do that in the first place.’ So I want it to happen.
In a recent interview with with FilmStarts via Bleeding Cool, Emmerich revealed that the titles of the next two films would be ID Forever – Part 1 and ID Forever – Part 2. He also says that the plan is to shot the movies in 2D but upconvert them into 3D.
There’s still no guarantee that these movies will be made, though. Apparently, Fox has been trying to to get these back-to-back sequels in production, but Will Smith is reportedly asking for $50 million for the projects, and it doesn’t look like Fox is willing to pay that. So who knows if these movies are going to happen or not. You can’t make them without Will Smith. The director went on to say,
It’s a tough battle between the studio and the actors. But you have a right idea, which was quite unique, and it is therefore worth it to keep trying.
In another interview with Total Film, Devlin talked about how he and Emmerich watched the original film again, and explained how it helped them in developing these sequels,
The thing that really hit me about the movie is how much love there is in it: between the characters; that the filmmakers had making it; that the cast had for each other. As we’re approaching a sequel we’re focusing on that aspect of it. Because I think that was really the key as to why it worked for everyone. It was lovable.