- 18 July 2012
- By John Howell
In 1996 Roland Emmerich's Independence Day arrived in theatres and set the box office on fire (US$800 million plus globally). While it featured some seriously dubious moments (who can forget the virus attacking the alien ship which apparently used Microsoft's Windows, and Will Smith's alien head punch?) there's no denying that it was an entertaining science fiction ride. In fact, if the dubious moments were removed or reworked it would now be considered to be a classic SF invasion story instead of just a massive box office moneymaker. Considering its commercial success, what happened after all that sequel talk?
Finally producer Dean Devlin has spoken out on where he and directer Roland Emmerich have got to.
"I can tell you that Roland and I have been working together for the first time in 11 years and we're very excited about the idea of doing it," Devlin recently told The Hollywood Reporter.
"Whether or not we can make this happen, if we can get all the pieces to come together, that's gonna be challenging. But creatively, for the very first time since we did the original, I feel we have a worthy concept, a worthy path to go."
"We resisted doing the sequel for years because we still wanted to honour the first one. The first one gave us all careers, and we really love that movie and loved the experience," Devlin continued.
"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 honoured the first one -- that it felt like an organic sequel as opposed to 'let's just go make some more money'."
While no dates were given or promises made, it does appear that an Independence Day sequel or two are still on the cards and moving steadily forwards.
In the same interview Devlin also mentioned the possibility of a Stargate sequel.
"Stargate has always had this empty hole. When we made the first one, we always intended on doing part two and three, and we were prevented for years."
"And our hope is that we can get another chance at Stargate and tell the entire story we wanted to tell."
Not sure what he is referring to when he says that he was "prevented" from creating Stargate sequels (please add a comment below if you know more). I liked the first Stargate film enough to want to see what they can do with a sequel. The first half was a lot better than the second. Perhaps Kurt Russell and James Spader can return? Let's hope we see either a new Stargate or Independence Day film shortly (in the next two years, not ten please).
Watch Will Smith punch an alien in the head below.
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