Director Roland Emmerich might just be the world’s greatest purveyor of disaster flicks. This, after all, is the guy behind such films as Godzilla, The Day After Tomorrow, 10,000 BC, 2012, and, most recently, that movie about terrorists taking over and destroying the White House.
Of course, Emmerich’s most famous film is also his most epic in terms of sheer planetary destruction. I am talking, obviously, about Independence Day. And, as he recently told Entertainment Weekly, Emmerich is currently hard at work on not one but two sequels to the classic 1996 disaster film. They are to take place 20 years after the original, which basically means by the time they are actually made, they’ll be set in present day. However, the 2016 of ID Forever Part 1—that’s the working title of the first sequel—won’t look like the 2016 we all will know.
“It’s a changed world,” Emmerich explained to EW. “It’s like a parellel history. We have harnessed all this alien technology. We don’t know how to duplicated it because it’s organically-grown technology, but we know how to take an antigravity device and put it in a human airplain.”
In other words, it will be a futuristic space world with flying cars and, best of all, a whole new set of even more impressive monuments for the evil aliens to blow up.
So who from the original flick is on board with the sequels? Well, Bill Pullman is game, obviously. (What else is he doing these days?) Will Smith, however, is not. Or at least not yet. It doesn’t really matter, though, because Emmerich says the new films will focus on “new younger characters” who were just kids when the aliens blew up the White House the first time. ID Forever 1 will have a cliffhanger ending, and then in ID Forever 2 humanity will vanquish the evil space aliens once and for all.
Oops, sorry. I forgot to say “SPOILER ALERT.”