INDEPENDENCE DAY Sequels Get Possible Titles and Will Undergo 3D Post-Conversion

     September 11, 2012


Although the closest thing you’ll see to Independence Day in the theaters is the original’s re-release next year, work is continuing on the two sequels.  Director Roland Emmerich is currently tied up with White House Down, but he and producer Dean Devlin manage to work on the sequels when they can.  The team refers to the films by their in-progress titles ID Forever Part One and ID Forever Part Two They also recently commented on the use of 3D in the sequels and the tone they’re shooting for.  Hit the jump to see what they had to say.

dean-devlin-roland-emmerich.In a couple of recent interviews, Emmerich and Devlin further commented on the Independence Day sequels.  From the German site, Film Smarts (via Bleeding Cool), Emmerich mentioned that the biggest hurdle to getting the sequels into production is reuniting all of the cast members.  The delay will give Emmerich time to consider how he wants to use 3D for the sequels.  For the moment, he has some reservations about current 3D cameras, but to acquiesce to studio demands, he would shoot in 2D and post-convert to 3D.

Speaking to Total Film (also via Bleeding Cool), Devlin talked about the tone they were striving for in the sequels and how it grew out of the fans’ appreciation of the original:

Roland and I sat down and watched the original. It’s a different experience on television! The thing that really hit me about the movie is how much love there is in it: between the characters; that the filmmakers had making it; that the cast had for each other. As we’re approaching a sequel we’re focusing on that aspect of it. Because I think that was really the key as to why it worked for everyone. It was lovable.

It’s nice to know that work is still being done on the sequels and that the filmmakers appear to have hit the mark on what made the original work, but it will still be a few years before we see anything more substantial.


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  • Masshuu il Thulcandra

    ID 4EVER PT.1 & ID 4EVER PT. 2. wow. underwhelming. Bored 4EVER now. PT.3.

  • armenianmoiveman

    I don’t care what ANYONE says: Independence Day is an epic, fantastic film with lots of replay value. One of my first at-home film experiences. It is pure popcorn fun and entertainment.

    I HATE 3D but you know what? On 4th of July I’ll be the first in line to get a 3D ticket to this film.

    Can you imagine seeing this on 7/4/96?

    • MsPreak

      I completely agree. No matter how shitty it is, this was a great movie when I was a teen!!! I will watch all of the sequels several times.

  • Michael Bay

    I hope they make a sequel, I’ve always wanted to see one. I always imagined that it took place many years after the original, the world has changed and has been rebuilt using technology gained from the down alien spaceships. The world has become united together as one peaceful civilization. Nasa has completely changed to a planetary defense force to protect if the aliens should ever arrive again…Part one has the aliens attacking the Earth again but since the earth now has a chance to really fight back, their are able to repel the invasion using the technology they gained from the first invasion. Part two is that we go to the alien home world and take the fight to them..

    • George Lucas

      Terrible idea… All this needs is CGI and lots of it, the more CGI incorporated the better, that’s all any modern day sequel needs to succeed! If they get hung up on a good storyline that follows the orignal films narrative to closely this will surely bomb.

  • Conor

    What I never got was how the aliens were seemingly incapable of tracking their fallen spacecraft. Something that provided DRAMATIC NARRATIVE for the U.S.A.F. aspect of the story.

  • leslie

    The idea of a sequel makes me nervous. When my Dish coworker first told me about this rumor, a part of me was hoping it was untrue since sequels are known to ruin even the strongest of movies. I just hope they can pull this off because I agree with you guys that Independence Day is one of the most epic movies ever! In fact, all this ID talk has really gotten me in the mood to watch it. I haven’t seen that movie in ages! Luckily, it is available to rent from the Blockbuster@Home service through Dish, so it will be en route to my mailbox ASAP. Who can resist the scene where Will Smith punches the alien right in the face?!

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