INDEPENDENCE DAY Sequel Set to Open July 1, 2016

     November 12, 2013

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This Tuesday has been renamed “Release Date Tuesday” since release dates for Hercules: The Legend Begins, the Fantastic Four reboot, the Assassin’s Creed adaptation, Matthew Vaughn’s The Secret Service, Susan Cooper and an untitled Vince Vaughn movie were all announced today.  Add another big one to the list as 20th Century Fox pushed back Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day sequel from July 3, 2015 to to July 1, 2016.  For those of you who are old enough to remember the original, that’s almost 20 years to the day from its July 3, 1996 release.  Coincidentally (or perhaps not), the sequel’s plot also takes place two decades after the events of the first film.  Hit the jump for more.

Variety reported on the date delay for the Independence Day sequel.  We’re not exactly sure whether or not star Will Smith will be returning to the sequel, but Emmerich apparently has a script to handle either scenario.  Either way, the film may star Michael B. Jordan in a story that centers on the children of the original characters.  There’s still a lot up in the air as far as the sequels are concerned, but now there is plenty of time to get them all sussed out, as the filmmakers will have two-and-a-half years to bring the picture to the screen.  Check back in a year to see how far along the movie(s) is/are coming along.  In the meantime, take a gander at the original trailer for Independence Day:

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