20th Century Fox confirmed a summer 2016 release date for the movie Independence Day 2, ridiculously entitled ID Forever – Part 1, from director Roland Emmerich.
OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS and TITLE: We always knew they were coming back. After INDEPENDENCE DAY redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.
The official title of Independence Day 2 is Independence Day: Resurgence.
Will Smith is not starring in the sequel.
Roland Emmerich, during an interview for White House Down actually made a fool of himself with the comments below.
“Will Smith cannot come back because he’s too expensive, but he’d also be too much of a marquee name. It would be too much.”
(Because he’d be too much of a marquee name? His movie After Earth is one of the biggest bombs of recent memory and, if anything, he needs a sequel to Independence Day to revive his sagging career.)
Will Smith asked for $50 million to appear in both ID Forever – Part 1 and ID Forever – Part 2.
Roland Emmerich also revealed that about half of the original cast of Independence Day will be back.
“We have like maybe half of the people that you know would know from the first film (in the script) and the other half people who are new.”
Independence Day was released in theaters July 3, 1996 and grabbed $306,169,268 in the United States.