‘Independence Day 3D’ cancelled

20th Century Fox shelve plans for a post-converted version of the 1996 blockbuster

Independence Day 3D has been cancelled by 20th Century Fox.

According to Comingsoon.net, the studio has shelved its plans for a post-converted 3D version of Roland Emmerich’s 1996 alien-invasion blockbuster starring Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum.

The film, which was announced by 20th Century Fox in May this year, was due for release on July 2, 2013, in time for the US Independence Day weekend celebrations. It is currently unclear what this now means for the long-rumoured, planned two-part sequels, ID Forever – Part 1 and ID Forever – Part 2.

Earlier this year, 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. Both Emmerich and Devlin have been trying to devise a sequel for over a decade.

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 $816million (£520million) at the worldwide box office in 1996 – at the time, the second-highest total of all time.