Plot details for two 'Independence Day' sequels revealed
Bill Pullman is on board for the sequels but Will Smith hasn't said yes yet
Released in 1996, the original Independence Day centred on a last-ditch effort to thwart an alien invasion taking place on July 4, the day of America's annual Independence Day holiday. It was directed by Emmerich from a script he co-wrote with Dean Devlin and went on to gross over $816 million (£520 million) at the box office worldwide - at the time, the second-highest total of all time.
Emmerich and Devlin have been trying to devise a sequel for over a decade but finally seem to have come up with a workable idea. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Emmerich confirmed that he and Devlin have completed scripts for two sequels - titled ID Forever Part I and ID Forever Part II - and handed them to screenwriter James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider-Man, Zodiac) for a rewrite.
Discussing the sequels' set-up, Emmerich revealed that the action takes place 20 years after the original Independence Day and explained: "The humans knew that one day the aliens would come back. And they know that the only way you can really travel in space is through wormholes. So for the aliens, it could take two or three weeks, but for us that's 20 or 25 years."
Continuing, Emmerich said of the new movies' setting: "It's a changed world. It's like parallel history. [Humans] have harnessed all this alien technology. We don't know how to duplicate it because it's organically-grown technology, but we know how to take an antigravity device and put it in a human airplane." He also revealed that ID Forever Part I will end on a cliffhanger that sets up the action for ID Forever Part II.
This January (2013), Bill Pullman confirmed he is on board for the sequels and said they could go ahead without Will Smith, who has yet to sign up. Now Emmerich has revealed that the sequels will partly focus on a new generation of cast members, saying: "It's still some of the same characters, but also new younger characters; it's a little bit like the sons take over."