‘Independence Day 2’ could happen without Will Smith

Bill Pullman says there are ideas for the sequel whether Smith signs up or not

Bill Pullman has revealed that Independence Day 2 could go ahead without Will Smith.

Pullman played President Whitmore in 1996’s Independence Day opposite Will Smith’s pilot Captain Steve Hillier. The hit blockbuster followed a last-ditch effort to thwart an alien invasion taking place on the 4th of July – the day of America’s annual Independence Day holiday.

A sequel to the film was first mooted back in 1997, but the project has been stuck in development hell ever since. Last July (2012), the film’s writer Dean Devlin revealed that he and original director Roland Emmerich were working together on ideas for the first time in 11 years. “I don’t know if it will come together, but we want it to happen,” he said.

Now Pullman has also expressed some enthusiasm – whether or not his famous co-star gets on board. He told Crave: “The Will Smith part of it may be ongoing but I think there’s strategies for both. I like what I have to do in both of them. I’m not in an old age home in a wheelchair being wheeled out for one more moment. It’s a very interesting conception of what happens to Whitmore between then and when it picks back up.”

However, Pullman admitted that the sequel’s future still looks uncertain, adding: “Nobody’s holding their breath because it’s been continually plagued.”