They are returning. The aliens defeated in the movie Independence Day have discovered that their invasion of Earth didn’t go as planned. Now, they are coming back to finish what their first wave of attack couldn’t do.
Director Roland Emmerich recently did an interview for his upcoming flick White House Down and spoke about returning to what will now be known as the Independence Day franchise. According to Emmerich, the 17 years that have passed since the original flick will be build into this two part story. During this time both the aliens and the humans of changed and adapted.
“The humans knew that one day the aliens would come back,” Emmerich explained. “And they know that the only way you can really travel in space is through wormholes. So for the aliens, it could take two or three weeks, but for us that’s 20 or 25 years.”
“It’s a changed world,” he continued. “It’s like parallel history. (Humans) have harnessed all this alien technology. We don’t know how to duplicate it because it’s organically-grown technology, but we know how to take an antigravity device and put it in a human airplane.”
“It’s still some of the same characters, but also new younger characters; it’s a little bit like the sons take over,” Emmerich said.
At this point, it isn’t known who exactly will be returning to be in second and third movies. However, it is believed that Bill Pullman is on board (did they get rid of Presidential term limits or what will his role be now?). The big question will be if Will Smith returns though.
Dean Devlin, who worked with Emmerich on the first Independence Day has reportedly finished screenplays for both movies and apparently James Vanderbilt has been brought in for a re-write while Emmerich plays with some of the script.
So what do you think?
I have mixed feelings on this one. I initially like the idea of continuing the story. However, it needs to be done right. There needs to be a strong story and it needs to be original. If they can get a lot of the original characters/cast to return and they can surprise us, awesome. If it is going to be another passing of the guard story where the original cast follows along as the new generation does all the exciting things and it is a big gimmick… not so much.
Make a great story and we’ll be good to go. Make a big gimmick and I won’t be a happy camper. To me, this really was the difference between Indy 3 and 4. Indy 3 was a wonderful father and son story. Indy 4 was too gimmicky. So… knock it into your heads Hollywood… no more gimmicky movies to make a quick buck and try to capitalize on past successes.
What do you think? What would you like to see happen with the Independence Day franchise?
Make it a GREAT day!
- Mr. DAPs