Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich Actively Developing INDEPENDENCE DAY 2; Hoping for STARGATE Sequels

     July 9, 2012


Independence Day 2 is a project that doesn’t exist, but it’s almost existed for quite a few years now.  Director Roland Emmerich and star Will Smith have talked about the various stages of development on the sci-fi follow-up over the years, but as of yet nothing tangible has come to fruition.  Last we heard, Fox was planning back-to-back sequels with or without Smith’s involvement, and now producer Dean Devlin has announced that he and Emmerich are actively working on Independence Day 2.  Moreover, they’re also hoping to continue and ultimately finish the story they began with the 1994 sci-fi film Stargate with two new sequels.  Hit the jump for more.

independence-day-movie-image-2Via Heat Vision, Devlin confirmed that he and Emmerich are committed to trying to get Independence Day 2 off the ground, but he’s not making any firm promises:

“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.  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.”

1996’s Independence Day was a bona fide blockbuster that solidified Smith’s status as a movie star.  It’s not Shakespeare by any means, but it’s the kind of crowd-pleasing, over-the-top actioner that Emmerich does best.  So what’s been the hold up on the sequel?  Well the artistic integrity of the first film, of course:

“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. 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.”

independence-day-movie-imageDevlin confirmed that they’re “beginning a long process of talking to everybody,” so it remains to be seen which (if any) cast members return.  I’d say all you really need is Jeff Goldblum back and my ticket is sold.  Though the two haven’t collaborated since 2000’s The Patriot, Devlin and Emmerich’s working relationship harkens back to 1994’s Stargate.  Devlin added that the two had initially planned a trio of Stargate films, and they’re keen on continuing that story at some point:

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.”

Whether either of these two projects ever come to fruition remains to be seen, but I’d be interested to see how audiences respond to Independence Day 2.  Those kinds of goofy, cynicism-free tentpoles are few and far between these days, and Emmerich sure knows spectacle. Fox has already set a 3D re-release of the original Independence Day for next, uh, Independence Day, so if the reissue does big business you can bet the studio will do everything they can to get the ball rolling quickly on a sequel.


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  • dogg

    Hell yeah! ID-4 was a big, dumb, explodey movie done right. You still had to shut off your brain, but not your sense of self respect. It had some interesting aliens and I’d really like to see round 2.

  • Alex

    Independence Day was great. A hard act to follow, surely. Was just watching it last week. I don’t think it’s quite as dumb as people thought it was. Sure, it was over the top, but it had actually had characters who went through something and they concluded their major story lines instead of just going to the big ending. They resolved their story lines and had athe big huge ending. Hell, they had two of them.

  • Jack Burton

    STARGATE the movie I love!!! (the tv series kinda lost then found then lost me again.) But i still remember seeing Stargate the movie in theatres when it came out, such an awesome movie with sweeping landscapes, and a stunning film score binding it all together. Great characters too, especially Kurt Russel. I hope he returns for the sequels that i also hope we get.
    I also wouldnt mind an ID4 sequel, but i’d prefer Stargate over it.

    • mattinacan

      a stargate movie could be awesome in the right hands

    • mattinacan

      that being said, Emmerich and Dean Devlin are not the right hands

  • Scurvy

    Stargate does not need sequels, the tv show was vastly superior than the movie.

  • Scurvy

    Stargate does not need sequels, the tv show was vastly superior to the movie.

  • mattinacan

    Independence Day was laughably bad, it was on tv the other night and i flipped it on at the part where will smith and goldblum were infecting the mother ship with a virus from an apple computer. thank god that ship had wifi and wasn’t running it’s alien Norton’s.

    • dogg

      Well, you zeroed right in on the universally acknowledged stupidest part. Up until that final act, it’s a damn good movie. Especially compared to the Michael Bay crap filling that movie category now.

      • mattinacan

        ok, how about cheesy speeches, bad guys with no motivation, dogs people airforce one impossibly outrunning explosions, randy quaid taking out an entire ship by flying up its butt, explosions that make sound in space, the list goes on and on about how bad ID4 is. You can compare it to Michael Bay sure, but it’s just like comparing the smartest kids in special ed. I get it, research is hard. “I’m a filmmaker, not a scientist” – Rolland Emmerich.

  • Micro

    SINGULARITY is more interested than these

  • sense 11

    Why don’t you make a Godzilla sequel while your at it.

    Fking Crap peddler

  • Phil Beta

    NO. Just NO.

    Stargate was already well expanded and managed by Brad Wright and Robert Cooper. A sequel would just break all their job in the last 17 years. A Stargate sequel is no longer necessary.

    Same goes for ID4. It’s a wonderful flick. It squeezes every single bit of story in a well assembled (patriotic) manner. A follow up would also turn the story into a total nonsense.

    • Daath

      The tv show was childish and unoriginal, the series needs a complete reboot

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  • LEM

    I thought they mentioned this awhile ago. I think they said they wanted Smiths’ character to now be the president all these years after the alien attack.

  • Diiiiiiieeeeeee

    Yes please, I would love a sequel to ID4. I’ve been hearing rumors for years, I hope this one turns out to be true.

  • M. Gibson

    Let us hope the aliens have downloaded the latest patches/updates to prevent what happened in the first film from ever occurring again. For the ID4 sequel, I’m looking for one of the aliens to return; seeking the man (Smith) who killed his brother from the first film. Oo-ooo! Maybe the alien installs a bomb in one of the nation’s school buildings. Smith’s character and a side-kick like Samuel Jackson maybe (I’m just throwing this out there). Smith… has to solve clues along the way in order to find the device before it blows up. Talk about a block buster!

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