Director Roland Emmerich reveals possible titles for the planned sequels to his 1996 disaster movie
Independence Day director Roland Emmerich has revealed that his planned sequels could be called ID Forever – Part 1 and ID Forever – Part 2.
In an interview with German movie website Filmstarts, Emmerich said that he and co-writer Dean Devlin now have the “right idea” to follow up their 1996 blockbuster, but face the “tough battle” of reuniting its high-profile cast. The original film starred Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Randy Quaid and Vivica Fox.
Helmed by Emmerich and written by the director with Devlin, the original Independence Day focused 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 grossed more than $816 million (£520 million) at the worldwide box office in 1996 – at the time, the second-highest total of all time.
Both Emmerich and Devlin have been trying to devise a sequel for over a decade. However, speaking in July (2012), Devlin revealed that he and the director are finally on the same page. He said at the time: “I can’t say that it’s going to happen, but I can say that for the first time in 11 years, Roland Emmerich and I are working together.”
Meanwhile, the original Independence Day is to return to cinemas in 3D form next year (2013). During his interview with Filmstarts, Emmerich revealed that his planned sequels would also be released in 3D. However, because the director is unhappy with the current standard of 3D cameras, he would shoot the films in 2D before converting them later.