‘Independence Day’ writer: ‘We want sequel to happen’

Writer Dean Devlin and director Roland Emmerich are working on a sequel to the disaster movie

Writer Dean Devlin has spoken about the long-mooted sequel to Independence Day.

Devlin wrote the script for the 1996 disaster movie with Roland Emmerich, who also directed the film. Earlier this month (July), Emmerich revealed that the pair have a “worthy concept” for a sequel, but admitted that getting the project to come together will be “challenging”.

In a new interview with Comingsoon.net, Devlin confirmed that he and Emmerich are collaborating on a sequel, saying: “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.”

Discussing the likelihood of Independence Day 2 actually making it into production, he explained: “There are a lot of moving pieces that are coming together. I don’t know if it will come together, but we want it to happen. This is the first time since we made the original that Roland and I are excited about doing it and feeling like we have the right idea and we have our fingers crossed.”

Devlin also revealed that he drafted a previous script for Independence Day 2, but shelved it because it did not match the standard of the original. He recalled: “Ten years ago I was hired to write a sequel to Independence Day and they paid me a lot of money. After I finished the script, I gave the money back and I said, ‘Don’t even read the script. The script is OK, but we can’t make an OK sequel to Independence Day‘.”

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. Released in 1996, it starred Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman and grossed more than $816 million (£520 million) at the worldwide box office – at the time, the second-highest total of all time.