Director says 'the script's not good enough yet' for the film to get the go-ahead

Director Roland Emmerich has revealed that the script for Independence Day 2 isn’t good enough yet for the film to be made.

Released in 1996, the original Independence Day, starring Will Smith, centered 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. In a recent 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.

However, in an interview with Empire, Emmerich said the scripts still need more work. He admitted: “The stars have to align a bit for that one. We have a very good script, but it’s not good enough yet.”

In the meantime, the director is currently working towards making a low-budget film about the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York – a key moment in the gay rights movement. “It’s about these crazy kids in New York, and a country bumpkin who gets into their gang, and at the end they start this riot and change the world,” he said of the film’s plot.