Sunday, March 31, 2013

INDEPENDENCE DAY Sequels Moving Forward

Independence Day Roland Emmerich

The sequels to the 1996 sci-fi blockbuster "Independence Day" are moving forward according to director Roland Emmerich. Both he and longtime collaborator Dean Devlin have completed the first draft of the scripts for the two films which are currently titled "ID Forever Part 1" and "ID Forever Part 2". I do hope they change these titles though, because they keep reminding me of "Batman Forever", and not in a good way. The drafts will be handed over to screenwriter James Vanderbilt ("The Amazing Spider-Man", "White House Down") for the obligatory rewrite. Emmerich has offered some more details about the sequels' timeline, plot and characters. To keep it short, here are some selections from the director's interview:
"The humans knew that one day the aliens would come back, and they know that the only way you can really travel in space is through wormholes. So for the aliens, it could take two or three weeks, but for us that’s 20 or 25 years.

While there may be some familiar faces in the sequels — Bill Pullman has already confirmed that he is onboard; Will Smith has not — their storylines will focus on a new generation of human heroes, including the stepson of Will Smith’s Independence Daycharacter (played in that film by Ross Bagley). “It’s still some of the same characters, but also new younger characters; it’s a little bit like the sons take over,” says Emmerich, who promises that the first sequel will have a cliffhanger ending to keep audiences coming back for more. “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 again [from the aliens].

It’s a changed world. It’s like parallel history. [Humans] have harnessed all this alien technology. We don’t know how to duplicate it because it’s organically-grown technology, but we know how to take an antigravity device and put it in a human airplane. "


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