In case you forgot, a sequel to the hit 90’s movie “Independence Day” is still in production. And, even though it seems to be moving at a snail’s pace, there are still pieces coming together around the film’s development. For instance, today we’ve learned that they hired another writer. That’s good, right?
Deadline is reporting that Fox has hired Carter Blanchard to come aboard the sequel to write a new draft. The reason for the new writer might be partially due to the fact that the film will be moving forward without Will Smith. You might recall that earlier this year it was officially confirmed that Will Smith was out of the “Independence Day” sequel.
Director Roland Emmerich was prepared for this eventuality, though, as they had ideas for two different sequels. One plot involved the return of Will Smith’s character from first “ID4” movie. That script was supposedly written by Emmerich, Dean Devlin, and James Vanderbilt. The other sequel’s plot progressed the film’s story sans Will Smith, presumably this is the plot that Carter is coming onboard to write.
Carter currently has a relationship with Fox as he’s working on their upcoming Mark Millar film “Kindergarten Heroes.” So they must like the work he’s doing for that project if they’re willing to bring him on to such a potentially high-profile picture. He doesn’t have too much time, though, the film is due out on July 1, 2016. It’ll be interesting to see what he can do with the time given to him.