While Roland Emmerich’s 1996 sci-fi actioner INDEPENDENCE DAY will be re-released into theaters in 3D on July 3, 2013, courtesy of 20th Century Fox, talk of a SEQUEL to the blockbuster film has been just that… talk but producer Dean Devlin recently sat down with The Hollywood Reporter and gave us an update on where things stand now.
“I can tell you that Roland and I have been working together for the first time in 11 years and we’re every excited about the idea of doing it,” Devlin said during the interview with THR. “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.”
The first film which starred Will Smith opened to $50.2M domestically and has since grossed $817.4M worldwide. Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, Robert Loggia, Randy Quaid, Margaret Colin, Vivica A. Fox also starred with Devlin co-penning the script alongside Emmerich. Devlin didn’t reveal any plot details but as for returning cast members, he said: “We’re beginning a long process of talking to everybody. We’ll just have to see what happens.”
“We resisted doing the sequel for years because we still wanted to honor the first one. The first one gave us all careers, and we really love that movie and loved the experience,” Devlin explained. “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 honored the first one — that it felt like an organic sequel as opposed to ‘let’s just go make some more money.’ I feel like we 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 as a sequel to INDEPENDENCE DAY.’”
Source: The Hollywood Reporter