Will Smith Turns Down INDEPENDENCE DAY Sequel

     February 7, 2014


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)

  • Jason Richards

    Will Smith turns this movie down, but does a shit movie with M Knight. Rolan must have refused to put Will’s daughter or son in the movie.

    • cb

      YES! didn’t even think of that! brilliant.

    • James

      Independance Day was one of the worst films ever made, Smith would have probably been paid 20m+, and he still turned it down, that’s how bad Independance Day is. :)

      • James

        Oops Independence*. Read my comment and realized I slaughtered that.

      • pinkincide

        Plus you’re horribly wrong. So there’s that…

      • Dog Boy

        Yeah it was so bad that it made almost a billion $ worldwide on a $75mil budget. A movie has to really suck to make that much coin.

  • God’s Diamond

    The only Ws sequels I would want to see are mib4 and maybe hancock2. I thought Hancock was great until after the bank robbery scene.

    • Leo Spaceman

      Doesn’t it always feel like Will Smith’s blockbuster movies always seem to become worse the moment Will Smith tries to bring the drama into the popcorn flick.

    • cb

      So . . . .only 25% of the movie was good? You want a SEQUEL for that?
      You actually named 2 of the worst movies Will has ever made. Granted MIB3 was only slightly better than the mess that was 2 . . . but still.

    • Armond White is my master now

      And what about Bad Boys 3? Hell, Martin Lawrence probably is working in a Starbucks right now, so he needs the money…

  • Leo Spaceman

    That’s disappointing. I really thought Smith could use a big box office win given how things have been going recently. I have just lost a lot of interest in this sequel which is a shame because this movie had a lot of potential to be a big deal. Its a 20 year old movie that is still fairly beloved during the reruns and is probably the only movie this old that truly is primed for a sequel. This could still be huge, but my guess is, that it could have been even bigger with Smith. This could have been the first block buster for the 40 and 50 year old crowds.

  • eternalozzie

    Smith needs to go away … he has never been a decent actor … very one dimensional

  • bork1138

    Guessing smith wasn’t given the lead…

  • Armond White is my master now

    ‘Will Smith Turns Down INDEPENDENCE DAY Sequel.’

    Because he’s actively pursuing After Earth 2: Not Without My Son!…

    • The Flobbit

      Men in Black 4: My Boy in Black is also on his radar.

      • Batt Damon

        Don’t forget about Bad Boys 3: The Next Generation

      • Hotspaghetti

        i loled.

  • Guest

    Oh no. Overrated actor turns down sequel of an overrated blockbuster. Whatever shall we do?

  • orianalianna

    Well that just means more Jeff Goldblum screen time and who doesn’t like watching that man play a genius?


    • Steven

      YES, please more Goldblum. Love that dude.

  • Joe M.

    Will hasn’t made a good movie in years. God forbid he goes back to the well.

    • GNazi

      I disagree. Men in Black 3 was fun, and better than both MIB1 and the abomination of MIB2

      • Batt Damon

        MiB 3 was decent. Not great but still the best thing he’s done since Hancock

  • doc

    Now he can do that Seven Pounds sequel he’s always…oh wait.

  • yrulaughing

    the original Independence Day wasn’t enough of a display of Hollywood nepotism for him

  • GNazi

    Happy with this. Would rather NOT have Will Smith in it, if it means his poisonous and frankly talentless son stays away from it too.

    Just give me Goldblum, Pullman, some aliens, and a speech. I’ll show up.

  • Redjester

    Sadly, this would have probably been better than Smith’s next ten or so films.

    • Guest

      Happily, I don’t think Will has 10 films left in him.

  • brNdon

    Maybe he is upset that there is a script without him in it…

    • Jamesy

      Valid point, any actor who’s been attached to a project then finds out there is a version without him would be pissed.

      • rundmc1981

        If there’s an actor that thinks there can’t be a movie without them, there’s an actor demanding record money to star in said movie.

        I say just hire Don Cheadle as Smith’s character, use the with-Will Smith script, and don’t alter the wardrobe that was originally intended to fit Smith. Irreplaceable? Yeah, right. Next!

        The real problem with Smith doing this movie is that he doesn’t want to have to kill his religion’s gods…again. How many levels will that set him back, Tom?

  • André Camilo

    The less Will Smith, the better. He’s like Tom Cruise. Playing the same roles over and over and over in shitty movies. Enough with that.

    • The Flobbit

      Go shove Ali and Magnolia up your ass.

  • KHW5

    Good. We want new ID4 film. new faces new ideas and more action scenes.

  • VaticanFinancedNaziWar2

    Now that Little Willy has turned ID2, maybe they can make the film less of a comedy. It’s good to turned it down. That way he won’t have to take it in the ass again, wait a second, that was Jaime Foxx. I mean… What? I forgot, it was both of them. Them actors will do to get a blockbuster under their belt or in their ass. Just like all of the original memebers of the Stars Wars films had to commit a homosexual act because the the people casting the movie were all gay, including George Child Molesting Lucas. Research it! It might be hard to find, but it’s all true.

    • The Flobbit

      You are a very sad, deluded human being.

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    It better be because Smith is doing Bad Boys 3. Smith, Lawrence and Bay are all in need of a hit and if they wait any longer then it’ll look like old men ala Indiana Jones 4 and they’ll have to write all of these silly jokes addressing their age issues.

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