Looks like we will have to wait a bit longer before we can welcome the aliens back to earth again. The long-gestating sequel to 1996’s “Independence Day” has been pushed back to 2016.
“Independence Day 2” was originally supposed to hit theaters on July 3, 2015 and now the film is moving to July 1, 2016. What brought about the move? One possible reason is that summer 2015 is already looking pretty crowded with superhero film sequels and “Jurassic World” hitting around the same time.
Another possible explanation is that there hasn’t been much movement on the production side of things. Roland Emmerich, the director of the original film, has gone on record saying that there are currently two versions of the final script out there. One includes Will Smith’s character and the other does not. For now, it remains unknown which script will be used as Will Smith has yet to commit to the project.
At one point Emmerich did announce that Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman would be willing to reprise their roles in the upcoming sequel. However, it’s uncertain whether or not that remains true as well. The project is just surrounded by so many uncertainties that at this point it’s no surprise they’ve pushed it back another year.
On the plus side, if the film should release in 2016, they can at least proclaim that it’s been twenty years since the aliens last attacked. It’s good news from a marketing standpoint and it’d be easy to hype the sequel to a film around it’s 20th anniversary. I’m sure this will mean some kind of “special edition” blu-ray as well to tie-in with the release. If not, then there’s always the 30th anniversary.