Clare Sidoti Staff Writer
We need to protect our national monuments and look to the skies again. That’s right, director Roland Emmerich has let slip that a sequel to his hit 1996 blockbuster Independence Day is on its way… and not only do we get one new film, but the sequel will be split into two parts, similar to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. After the destruction of the White House, the Empire State Building and a large number of other landmarks and cities around the world in the first one, is anything safe in the sequel?
ID Forever Part I and ID Forever Part II will take place 20 years after the aliens first came to wreck havoc on planet Earth and from the limited synopsis released, it looks like their back with a vengeance. Responding to a distress call sent by the aliens from the first film, reinforcements finally arrive, and I don’t think they’re going to like what they find we’ve done to their extraterrestrial mates. Emmerich remarked that “the humans knew that one day the aliens would come back” Emmerich and Dean Devlin, who together penned the original film, have recently completed drafts for the next two movies. Entertainment Weekly reports that the scripts are currently with White House Down writer-producer James Vanderbilt for a rewrite.
As well as the script being well on its way, Emmerich said that he is already working with the art department on how an ID Forever world would look now that humans have had access to alien technology for the past 20 years. He explains that this world is “like parallel history. [Humans] have harnessed all this alien technology. We don’t know how to replicate it because it’s organically-grown technology, but we know how to take an antigravity device and put it in a human airplane”. And considering the carnage left after the last attack, would our cities be recognisable and is there anything left to attack? Emmerich coyly replied that “We’ve rebuilt”. If I remember correctly, Australia escaped pretty much unharmed from the alien attack (as we tend to do in most disaster movies) so maybe it’s time to move down under.
The next big question is who will return from the first film especially given it is 20 years later and a lot of things can happen in a person’s life over that period of time. Bill Pullman has already confirmed to Crave Online that he’ll be back. There has been no word yet on Will Smith’s involvement in the films. What we do know is that the focus of the sequels will be on the next generation, including Captain Steven Hiller’s (Will Smith) stepson Dylan Dubrow (originally played by Ross Bagley). Emmerich describes it as “still some of the same characters, but also new younger characters; it’s a little bit like the sons take over”. And like all good second parts in a trilogy, the first sequel will end with a cliffhanger – “the first one ends on a little success, but only enough to give the humans hope. And then in the second one they free themselves [from the aliens] again”.
Given the sequels are only in the initial stages of pre-production, do you think they’ll try and tie the release of the first film with the 20th anniversary of ID4? Sounds like a good plan to me, if only we can wait that long.
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