or those who have been clamoring for the last eighteen years to see the follow-up to Roland Emmerich’s alien invasion action-adventure film Independence Day, we have some good news for you: According to Deadline, 20th Century Fox has given the long gestating sequel the official green light to begin production.
According to the report, the film has been slotted to begin production in May 2015, likely for release the following summer (the first film’s 20th anniversary), and the article makes mention of the studio’s desire to close a deal with Roland Emmerich to return to the director’s chair. While speculation initially pegged two ID4 sequels possibly being produced back-to-back, Fox has only greenlit a single film. Will Smith will reportedly not be returning to reprise his role as Captain Steven Hiller, but there’s also no word on other first film cast members like Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Vivica Fox or Judd Hirsch.
The original Independence Day was a massive box office success in 1996, having gone on to gross over $800 million worldwide. Whether or not that success can be rekindled with a sequel remains to be seen, as the original film was well-liked, but isn’t exactly a critical darling.
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