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Roland Emmerich reveals 'Independence Day' sequel secrets
The big screen continuation of the 1996 sci-fi hit "Independence Day" has been in the works for sometime, but we've heard little info beyond the fact that two films are being planned.
Recently, director Roland Emmerich revealed some solid secrets about the upcoming films.
According to the director, whose latest film "White House Down" opens in June, the "ID4" follow-up will hit the screen in two parts, called "ID Forever Part 1" and "ID Forever Part II."
They will take place 20 years after the events in the original film, with a new wave of alien attackers invading Earth after receiving a distress call from the E.T.s who were routed in the first film.
"The humans knew that one day the aliens would come back," the director told EW. "And they know that the only way you can really travel in space is through wormholes. So for the aliens, it could take two or three weeks, but for us that’s 20 or 25 years."
Emmerich and his "Independence Day" co-writer Dean Devlin wrote the scripts, which are now being re-written by "White House Down" writer-producer James Vanderbilt for a rewrite.
He elaborated more on what we can expect in the new films. "It’s a changed world. It’s like parallel history. [Human beings] have harnessed all this alien technology. We don’t know how to duplicate it because it’s organically-grown technology, but we know how to take an antigravity device and put it in a human airplane."
The narrative will center on the next generation of alien-fighters, led by the stepson of Will Smith’s character. "It’s still some of the same characters, but also new younger characters; it’s a little bit like the sons take over," Emmerich revealed.
However, the battle won't be an easy one. "The first one ends on a little success, but only enough to give the humans hope. And then in the second one they free themselves again [from the aliens]," noted Emmerich.
Some "ID4" cast members are likely to make the return trip, including the already-confirmed Bill Pullman. Smith, however, hasn't signed any deals yet, although it's hard to imagine the sequels without him reprising his star-making performance in some capacity.