INDEPENDENCE DAY Sequel Undergoing Rewrite by Carter Blanchard

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The upcoming Independence Day sequel is undergoing some script work before production begins.  Director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Deviln penned the initial draft of the follow-up before turning over scripting duties in earnest to Emmerich’s White House Down scribe James Vanderbilt.  That iteration of the script has remained for some time, but,as the July 1, 2016 release date approaches, it appears that there’s still more work to be done.  Deadline reports that 20th Century Fox has tapped Carter Blanchard to pen a new draft of the screenplay while Emmerich shoots his gay rights period drama Stonewall.  Emmerich is pulling double duty, as he continues to prep Independence Day 2 while in production on the small-scale Stonewall.

Hit the jump for more on Blanchard and the plot of Independence Day 2.

Will Smith Turns Down INDEPENDENCE DAY Sequel

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Well it looks like Roland Emmerich is going to have to use the version of the script that doesn’t include Will Smith, because the star has reportedly decided against appearing in the Independence Day sequel.  The “Will He? Won’t He?” game has been played for a number of years now, and even though a new report states that Smith has decided against starring in the sequel, nothing has been officially confirmed just yet.

The sequel, however, will soldier on with or without Smith.  Emmerich and writing partner Dean Devlin turned two versions of their script over to screenwriter James Vanderbilt: one centering on Smith’s hero character Steven Hiller, and one without him entirely.  Apparently Smith hasn’t broken the final news to Emmerich just yet, but we’ll be sure to let you know when we hear more. (Via Deadline)

INDEPENDENCE DAY Sequel Set to Open July 1, 2016

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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.

Roland Emmerich Says There’s Two Scripts for INDEPENDENCE DAY 2: One with Will Smith and One without Him

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The question of whether or not Will Smith will be in Independence Day 2 continues to churn on.  Four months ago, director Roland Emmerich said Smith wouldn’t be returning for the sequel.  Then two months ago, Smith was apparently in talks to reprise his role as fighter pilot/alien puncher Captain Steven Hiller.  Uncertainty continues to swirl around the project, and it looks like it will move forward with or without Smith.  Emmerich has screenplays to do either, and he’s not afraid to use them.

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Michael B. Jordan Confirms STAR WARS Audition; Harrison Ford Uncertain about Han Solo Reprisal but Game for More INDIANA JONES

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Another day, another actor confirming he/she has auditioned for Star Wars.  At this point, J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy are canvassing Hollywood to put together their cast for Star Wars: Episode VII, and it’s hard to find any young actor or actress who wouldn’t be game to at least audition for a role.  Saoirse Ronan confirmed as much when she said that she went in for a part but “so has everyone,” and now Fruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan has confirmed that he read for a role as well.

Additionally, Harrison Ford has chimed in about reprising two of his most famous characters, saying he hasn’t made a decision yet with regards to a Star Wars return but he’s eager to break out the whip for another go-around with Indiana Jones.  Hit the jump for more, including Jordan’s comments on him possibly starring in The Fantastic Four and Independence Day 2.

Michael B. Jordan Eyed for Major Role in INDEPENDENCE DAY 2

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It appears that rising star Michael B. Jordan may be fighting aliens in the near future.  The Wrap reports that the actor is being eyed for a major role in director Roland Emmerich’s sci-fi sequel Independence Day 2.  The specifics of his role are not revealed, but Emmerich previously stated that the follow-up would be taking place 20 years after the original film and would follow the children of the adult Independence Day characters.  As such, it’s not exactly a stretch to imagine Jordan playing the son of Will Smith‘s character, welcoming aliens to Earth on behalf of a new generation.  Smith’s involvement in the follow-up is unclear at the moment, as his status seems to change with each subsequent story.  Hit the jump for more.

Roland Emmerich Talks INDEPENDENCE DAY Sequels, SINGULARITY, Isaac Asimov’s FOUNDATION Adaptation and Other Upcoming Projects

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While the sequels to his 1996 film Independence Day are likely his most-anticipated projects, director Roland Emmerich has a number of other ideas planned for his upcoming schedule.  In addition to the two-part sequel, Emmerich recently talked about his slimmed-down script for the sci-fi pic, Singularity, as well as an adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation planned for the small screen.  Bad news on the Asteroids front as Emmerich’s plate is too full to take on that particular Lorenzo di Bonaventura-produced project.  Hit the jump for more on what Emmerich has coming up.

Will Smith in Talks for INDEPENDENCE DAY Sequel; 2016 Release Date Likely; Director Roland Emmerich Also Talks STARGATE Franchise Reboot

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Although Independence Day director Roland Emmerich previously stated that star Will Smith wouldn’t be involved in the film’s sequel, in part for fear of him overshadowing the cast, it now looks as if the two are at least entering into talks.  Perhaps the lackluster performances of some of Smith’s recent efforts have spurred him into dipping into the well of previous films, especially since he’s rumored to be involved in sequels to Hancock, Bad Boys and I, Robot.  What’s one more?

Whether Smith is involved in the planned Independence Day sequel or not, Emmerich isn’t sure that the film will hit Fox’s target release date of summer 2015, saying it’s likely to open in summer of 2016.  For those of you who like measuring your own time on this Earth relative to movie releases, that’s 20 years since the original debuted.  Hit the jump for more, including a video with Emmerich himself and a bit about progress on the Stargate franchise reboot.

Could 2015 Be the Biggest Movie Year Ever?

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With this weekend’s holiday comes the official close of the 2013 Summer Movie Season.  We’ve seen our share of flops (The Lone Ranger), hits (Iron Man 3), and surprises (Now You See Me), and while there are definitely some exciting films on tap for next year, keen fans have already started looking excitedly at 2015.  Why skip over an entire year, you ask?  Well, if all goes according to plan, 2015 will see a perfect storm of sorts, as a crazy number of massive franchises are poised to launch some highly anticipated properties.  Two years from now, The Avengers follow-up will square off against Batman vs. Superman, and a brand new Star Wars film is poised to open alongside the long-promised Jurassic Park sequel.

As the Labor Day weekend is normally a time of relaxation, we thought it might be fun to look ahead to the craziness that will ensue two years from now.  Hit the jump as we run down the nutty release schedule for 2015, including what we know about each film thus far.

Director Roland Emmerich Talks WHITE HOUSE DOWN, What He Learned About the White House, What He Collects, INDEPENDENCE DAY 2, and More

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With director Roland Emmerich’s latest actioner White House Down opening this weekend, Sony held a big press junket across the street from the White House.  While I’ve done a lot of interviews, it was incredibly cool to be talking to the cast and Emmerich with the President’s home right in front of us.  If you’ve missed all the trailers, the film follows a rejected Secret Service applicant (Channing Tatum) who must save the President (Jamie Foxx) when a heavily-armed paramilitary group takes over the White House.  White House Down also stars Maggie GyllenhaalJames Woods, Richard Jenkins, Joey King, Jake Weber, Lance Reddick, and Jason Clarke.

During my interview with Emmerich we talked about what he learned about the White House during filming, the biggest challenge they had to overcome to make the film, deleted scenes and what he collects.  We also talked about Independence Day 2.  Hit the jump to watch. 

Roland Emmerich Says They’re Only Focusing on One INDEPENDENCE DAY Sequel for Now; Confirms Will Smith Won’t Return

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While there had been renewed talk about a potential sequel to director Roland Emmerich’s 1996 over the past few years, the director started speaking pretty seriously about the prospect of a follow-up last year.  Fox finally solidified the project just the other day by announcing a July 3, 2015 release date for Independence Day 2, and now we’ve got a whole new film’s worth of alien invasion to look forward to.  When Emmerich first started talking more seriously about an Independence Day follow-up, he revealed that he and co-writer/producer Dean Devlin were penning not one but two sequels.  A couple of months ago, the director said that both films will take place 20 years after the original and Part 1 will end with a cliffhanger that leads directly into Part 2, but it appears that the second sequel may no longer be a foregone conclusion.

Steve recently spoke with Emmerich at the press day for his upcoming actioner White House Down, and the director talked briefly about the Independence Day sequel, confirming that it is likely his next film and revealing that they’re only focusing on doing one sequel for the time being.  The filmmaker also reiterated that Will Smith will not be returning.  Hit the jump for more.

INDEPENDENCE DAY 2 Set for Release on July 3, 2015; X-MEN and APES Sequels Swap 2014 Dates; ASSASSIN’S CREED Pushed to June 19, 2015

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You can add yet another highly anticipated sequel to the genuinely crazy 2015 release schedule.  In addition to The Avengers 2, Pirates of the Caribbean 5, Jurassic Park 4, Finding Dory, and the concluding chapter of The Hunger Games series, 20th Century Fox has now dated Independence Day 2 for release on—what else—the Fourth of July weekend in 2015.  This confirms that the follow-up to Roland Emmerich’s 1996 blockbuster is indeed happening, as the world is not going quietly into the night.  ID4 2 is one of two proposed Independence Day sequels currently in development, and Emmerich recently revealed that the films will take place 20 years after the events of the first film, at which point the aliens finally return with reinforcements.

Will Smith is not expected to return, but Bill Pullman will reprise his role as the (now former) President of the United States. However, the story will primarily focus on younger characters with Independence Day 2 ending with a cliffhanger that leads into the third film.  Hit the jump for more, including release date shuffles for X-Men: Days of Future Past, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Assassin’s Creed, and Peregrine’s Home for Peculiars.

Roland Emmerich Provides INDEPENDENCE DAY Sequels Details; Says Films Take Place 20 Years After the Original

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Director Roland Emmerich is gearing up to promote his latest film, the White House actioner White House Down, but it sounds like he plans on heading back to our nation’s most famous residence again sooner rather than later.  A sequel to Emmerich’s 1996 blockbuster Independence Day has been rumored for years, but the project finally gained some traction recently when Emmerich confirmed that he and producer Dean Devlin were poised to sit down and write two back-to-back follow-ups.  Emmerich has now offered a new update on ID Forever Part 1 and ID Forever Part 2 (let’s hope they change those titles…), providing some fairly intricate story details and revealing that Part 1 will take place 20 years after the events of the first film.  Hit the jump to read on.

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

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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.

Producer Dean Devlin Talks INDEPENDENCE DAY 2 and STARGATE Sequels at the Saturn Awards

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Over the past few years, we’ve written again and again about a possible Independence Day sequel.  While I never thought a sequel would happen due to the amount of time that’s passed, with Fox doing a 3D re-release next summer of the original film, I’m beginning to think it could happen.  After all, the re-release is a great way to get people excited for a sequel.

So when I got to speak with producer Dean Devlin on the red carpet at tonight’s Saturn Awards, I asked him the status of the ID42 (Independence Day 2).  He said:

“I can tell you that Roland Emmerich and I are working together for the first time in eleven years and we are working really hard to try and make this happen.”

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