Roland Emmerich Says INDEPENDENCE DAY 2 Won’t Happen Until Will Smith Stops Saying “Aw, Hell Naw”.

     October 12, 2009


I don’t think anyone is clamoring for an “Independence Day 2” especially since it would be strange if the aliens, now using iMacs running OS X and thus totally immune to viruses*, decided to come back and attack again on the same damn day.  Maybe they could attack on a different holiday.  Labor Day?  President’s Day?  Martin Luther King Day?  Whenever they plan to attack, director Roland Emmerich says they’ll have to delay their plans until Will Smith decides to do the project.  Hit the jump to campaign for “Flag Day”.

roland_emmerich.jpgSpeaking with Latino Review, Roland Emmerich had this to say about the project’s paralysis:

Dean Devlin and I are still set to make a sequel likely because we’ve found some sort of idea and we approached FOX and FOX has not quite figured out how to incorporate Dean’s and my deal, and Will’s (Smith) deal. Will wants to do it in some sort of a package they can live with.  So it’s just been in negations now since forever, and naturally FOX says “Why don’t you do it without Will Smith?” I said Will is essential for us, for this movie and actually for the audience too.

That makes no sense.  Are Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman not as essential?  Who will give the rousing speech before hopping in a fighter jet?  Who will figure out every one of the aliens’ moves and use his MacBook Pro to foil their plot once more?

I think Fox knows that Will Smith can make any project succeed since he’s the last movie star**, but the demand for a second “Independence Day” is pretty low.  I’m also surprised that Emmerich would want to go back, especially since he promised he would stop destroying our planet after “2012”.  I’m less surprised that Will Smith would want to return since ID4 was his breakthrough feature film role and he was willing to do “Bad Boys 2” after eight years so he’s not an actor who’s averse to looking back and picking up old characters.  Still, he’s Will Smith and he can do whatever he wants so Fox has to want the project badly enough to pay his quote.  I think the studio and I are in agreement that there are better ways to spend their money than on celebrating another “Independence Day”.

*According to always trust-worthy advertising

**When I say “movie star”, I mean a name actor who can push a film to big box office success based on his or her participation alone.

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