I admire the sheer determination of Roland Emmerich as he continues to insist that a sequel to Independence Day will come out. I mean, I’m all for it, but come on man. In the words of Yoda: “Do or do not. There is no try.” Forget whatever disaster movie you’re working on next and just focus on the sequel to ID4. Also, keep the sequel name “ID Forever.” It’s so bad, it’s awesome.
In the latest round of ID Forever discussion, Roland talked about the future of the project at a press event for his latest movie White House Down. Entertainment Weekly got this quote from him:
The humans knew that one day the aliens would come back 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 still some of the same characters, but also new younger characters; it’s a little bit like the sons take over.
Which would allow the narrative of the story to shift from having a primary focus on the film’s original cast to a new and younger generation. Most likely the children of Will Smith’s character, which could mean Will Smith might want his actual children to play the part. Of course, that all depends on the age of the characters in the story and whether or not Will Smith will return to the project.
Roland also goes on to describe the world our characters might live in:
It’s a changed world. 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.
Personally if we’re going to do this ID4 sequel, I’d rather see a movie with Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman and the resurrected corpse of Randy Quaid’s character. However, as long as someone punches an alien in the face, I might be happy.
What about you? Yay or Nay on an ID4 sequel?