Roland Emmerich Eyes Independence Day 2
Posted 10.13.09 by reelz
He may end the world with the 2012 apocalypse, but Roland Emmerich sure seems to have a lot of ideas for what he might be doing afterwards. Just the other day, he was talking up his ideas for filming Isaac Asimov's sci-fi classic Foundation, not to mention the who-really-wrote-Shakespeare's-plays mystery he still has in the the works. Now, despite a pledge to stop destroying the world, he's mentioning the possibility of a sequel to the most successful of his disaster flicks, Independence Day.
The real question, though, is why the studio didn't greenlight a follow-up right after the 1996 original scored such a serious hit at the box office. After all, it's not as if the studios are actually shy about making sequels. Emmerich told the Latino Review he has the idea for a follow up, but the sticking point, apparently the whole time, has been Will Smith:
Dean Devlin and I are still set to make a sequel, likely because we've found some sort of idea and we approached FOX and FOX has not quite figured out how to incorporate Dean's and my deal, and Will's [Smith] deal. Will wants to do it in some sort of a package they can live with. So it's just been in negations now since forever, and naturally FOX says, "Why don't you do it without Will Smith?" I said Will is essential for us, for this movie and actually for the audience, too. And, so, it's in limbo and lately the studios are fighting.
He goes on to emphasize that they already have a "really good great story, a very cool one" thought up, if only the financial end of things could be worked out.