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There are two 'Independence Day 2' scripts: One with Will Smith and one without
How would you like your "Independence Day 2"? With or without Will Smith?
Director Roland Emmerich says there are in fact two different version of the sequel's script, depending on whether the superstar will participate or not.
Emmerich described the long-delayed sequel's development to The Playlist as "A daily battle...The budget, the schedules, the actors...," before adding the hopeful "It's looking good."
Emmerich then confirmed that writer Jamie Vanderbilt ("White House Down") has completed two versions of the script, one featuring Smith's Captain Steven Hiller and one without.
The initial news had it that Smith was too expensive to return, but it was later rumored that he was in fact reprising his role. Meanwhile, "Fruitvale Station" star is rumored to be circling the sequel as Hiller's now-adult son. Original stars Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman are planning to return.