Roland Emmerich Reveals ‘Independence Day’ 2-3 Details
Its confirmed that the movies will take place 20 years after the original, but it will be in a parallel universe to ours, seeing as we weren’t actually attacked by aliens in 1996. Emmerich explains “It’s a changed world. It’s like parallel history. [Humans] 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.” So the world of the Independence day will be something of a super advanced contemporary setting, probably with both humans and aliens having big laser guns. This sounds similar to the 1980s alternate reality portrayed in Watchmen. It should feel like the same year, but something is different.
As far as the events that will take place in the movies Emmerich tells us “The humans knew that one day the aliens would come back. 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.” So have the humans been preparing for a second invasion like Ender’s Game? Maybe I’m trying too hard here but the ideas don’t strike me as particularly original, but perhaps they are refined enough that the sequels could turn out totally awesome.
Bill Pullman is confirmed to return as (former?) President Thomas J. Whitmore. Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum have not confirmed involvement. We are told that most of the cast will be a ‘new generation’ of heroes, perhaps with some tie-ins to the characters from the original.
Following the massive success of the first film Fox paid Dean Devlin a lofty sum to write a sequel. He did write it, and he wasn’t satisfied. So he kept the script to himself and gave the money back to Fox. It seems he and Emmerich still wanted to continue the story and after 15 years or so they were able to craft a story that could live up to the original. The current script has been given to White House Down writer-producer James Vanderbilt to rewrite and edit until it is ready for production.
Emmerich has practically made a career out of wreaking havoc on The White House, as seen in ID, The Day After Tomorrow, 2012, this summer’s White House Down, and I’m sure two or three others that I can’t remember.