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)
This year saw two films attempt to take down the White House, with the most recent being disaster master Roland Emmerich’s White House Down. Although he famously destroyed the entire Presidential residence in one blow in 1996′s Independence Day, Emmerich treats the title structure with much more reverence and care this time around. (Don’t worry, he still beats the hell out of it.) Equally bloodied and bruised are White House Down‘s heroic duo, played by Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx, who must take down the threat inside the Oval Office while rescuing the hostages trapped inside. It’s one of Emmerich’s most entertaining films to date, and now that it’s available on Blu-ray, you can check it out for yourself in your very own home. Hit the jump for my review.
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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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.
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.
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.
With an estimated $46.1 million, Monsters University had no trouble holding on to first place in its sophomore frame. With Pixar’s track record, that was never really in doubt. Of more interest were the debuts of The Heat and White House Down. Would the summer box office make room for two strong openings, as it did for Monsters U and World War Z last weekend? Not this time.
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|| The Heat
|| World War Z
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|| Man of Steel
|| This Is The End
|| Now You See Me
|| Fast & Furious 6
|| Star Trek Into Darkness
|| The Internship
Well said, Matt Goldberg. In the opening sentences of his review of The Heat (linked after the jump), our Managing Editor/resident film reviewer dropped some serious truth regarding female lead films, their often unfair characterization as “the female [insert hit movie here]“, and how ridiculous it is that it has taken this long to get our better halves at the forefront of a genre that has been around for years. I say this not because I feel like Matt needs my approval and/or defense, but because it’s thoughtful writing like this that makes me both a proud contributor and eternal fan of the site.
All high-fiving aside, this week’s Top 5 includes White House Down interviews with Jamie Foxx, Channing Tatum, and more, Dave’s The Conjuring set visit recap, The Heat interviews with Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, and director Paul Feig, Jim Carrey‘s announcement that he won’t be promoting Kick-Ass 2, and interviews from the 2013 Saturn Awards red carpet with the likes of Joss Whedon and Shane Black. A brief recap and link to each makes its home after the jump.
Making a silly, fun action movie is a difficult balance. If the film takes itself too seriously in order to make the stakes feel more immediate, then the audience can become uncomfortable (e.g. Olympus Has Fallen). If the film is constantly winking at the audience, then they can grow tired with a movie that’s trying way too hard to be ironic (e.g. Snakes on a Plane). Director Roland Emmerich has rarely had trouble striking the right balance. Emmerich knows to pepper the movie with snappy, funny dialogue, have the good-hearted characters take their situation seriously, and never be afraid to go melodramatic, over the top, and do so in a way that’s unashamed rather than shameless. White House Down is Emmerich at his best, and delivers exactly the movie we’ve come to expect from the blockbuster director.
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 Gyllenhaal, James 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.
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.
Sony Pictures has released four clips from director Roland Emmerich’s latest actioner White House Down. The story 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. The film promises to be the kind of big and dumb summer fun that Emmerich does best, and should make for a refreshing sugar rush in the midst of the tentpole movie season. I also really like that the pic doesn’t try to take itself too seriously, and the chemistry between Tatum and Foxx looks to be quite amusing. If you missed any of Steve’s previous set visit coverage, be sure to check out 35 things to know and his interviews with Tatum, Emmerich, producers Brad Fischer and Reid Carolin, producer Harold Kloser, and production designer Kirk M. Petruecelli.
Hit the jump to watch the clips. The film also stars Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods, Richard Jenkins, Joey King, Jake Weber, Lance Reddick, and Jason Clarke. White House Down opens June 28th.
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‘s Anonymous was a nice break from his usual big-budget fare, but it looks like the director will be sticking with his bread-and-butter action movies. His next film, White House Down, looks to feature plenty of fun set pieces, and now the director has cast his eye on the “large scale contemporary science fiction film”, Emergence. According to Deadline, Emmerich’s production company, Centropolis Entertainment, has picked up Nic Kelman‘s pitch, which is reportedly “a new take on an alien invasion story containing hot-button science elements.” But that’s not the big news. The big news is why it might ignite a bidding war.
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Judging by the trailer, Roland Emmerich‘s White House Down looks like loads of fun, and while Emmerich’s movies have a reputation for being silly, a new featurette shows the creation of the President’s limo to be downright ridiculous. Dubbed “The Beast”, this featurette impressed the hell out of me as the crew explains how they were able to extrapolate the vehicle’s dimensions from a headlight, fortify the limo like a tank, and then make the car do all of the maneuvers Emmerich required for the action scene. Even if you’re not excited for White House Down (although you should be) you’ll find this featurette fascinating.
Hit the jump to check out the featurette. The film stars Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods, Richard Jenkins, Joey King, Jake Weber, Lance Reddick, and Jason Clarke. White House Down opens June 28th.