Almost two decades after the original film was released, Independence Day is getting a sequel…. Or is it?
Last week, Twentieth Century Fox announced that Independence Day 2, or ID4-2, was indeed going to happen, and that it will arrive in cinemas on July 3, 2015. When asked why it’s taken 19 years for there to be a sequel, co-screenwriter from the original film, Dean Devlin said “We resisted doing the sequel for years because we wanted to honor the first one…. I feel like we really 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 a sequel to’”
Sadly for fans, lead actor Will Smith will not be reprising his role as Captain Steven Hiller after Director Roland Emmerich said “Will Smith cannot come back because he’s too expensive, but he’d also be too much of a marquee name.”
Smith may not be the only notable face missing from the original cast, with Emmerich going on to say “We have like maybe half of the people that you know, would know from the first film (in the script) and the other half people who are new.” Hopefully, Bill Pullman, who portrayed the President of the United States in the original, will be one of the faces we will recognize, after hinting at his return to the role when interviewed by Australian online magazine, CraveOnline, back in January of 2013. “I talked to Dean and Roland and they said “No, do it. We’ll work around it. If it goes, we’ll work around it,” (Referring to Pullman’s latest role in the NBC comedy, 1600 Penn).
I guess I’m left wondering… Can a sequel be a sequel when left untouched for almost 20 years? Does a film like Independence Day even need a sequel? And lastly, can such a film be made without its headlining actor and possibly the omission of other big names as well?
Also starring in the 1996 original were Jeff Goldblum, Randy Quaid, Mary McDonnell, Brent Spiner, James Duval and Vivica A. Fox.