I will just make a confession right now: Independence Day (or ID4) was my favorite movie of the 1990s. Sure, it had its flaws, but it also had great strengths. It had characters I cared about and it was just a blast to watch. Well, 2012 director Roland Emmerich, who also directed ID4, sat down with MTV and talked about the posssibility of not just one sequel, but TWO!
Here’s a little of what Emmerich had to say about the possibility of Independence Day sequels:
“What we want to do in the next – it’s actually two movies – we want to do a bigger arc… ‘Independence Day’ was always like the king who leads his troops into battle against an evil force, and that stays like that.”
[The title could be] “‘ID4-ever,’ Part I and II maybe?”
“The idea is just to continue the story and actually I don’t know how many years ago this was—twelve, thirteen, fourteen years ago—and just continue where it ended.”
But what about Latino Review’s interview with Emmerich where he says that it is currently stalled by 20th Century Fox? Does this new interview with MTV tell us that things might be farther along than Emmerich originally indicated?
We do know that Emmerich does not have a script yet, just a story idea, albeit “a very really good great story, a very cool one,” according to his interview with Latino Review. Perhaps he is just being overly optimistic. But then again, perhaps not…
ID4-Ever, huh? Two movies, huh? For me personally, while I usually welcome a great alien-invasion movie, the story seemed quite resolved at the end of ID4. If sequels somehow do end up happening, the script had better be the best thing we have seen in a long time to convince Fox to finance two back-to-back sequels (and of course to not let down us fans). Of course, this is the same studio that is financing the insane budget of James Cameron’s Avatar (now nearly $500 million), so perhaps it could happen if Avatar makes a profit.