For the last few years as we buckle down into the months of May, June, and July, which are the blockbuster months of the film year, it seems like we hear the same Independence Day sequel rumors. Those rumors have turned up early this year.
The Independence Day film starring Will Smith was a hit in 1996, and for several reasons. It made Will Smith a bonafide star, it blasted into the box office at number one, and it would solidify Smith’s weekend of Independence Day as his own as the action star locked various films there after on the same opening weekend.
The new talk about the sequels, which were rumored to shoot back to back, are titled ID Forever. During a press conference for the Channing Tatum lead film White House Down, director Roland Emmerich dropped some serious details about the sequels. Here’s a hint: they’re actually still happening, and there will be two followups to the alien invasion film.
Emmerich elaborated on the sequels that will feature Will Smith:
“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.”
Emmerich, who directed the first film, is said to have written the two scripts for the sequels. Now it is believed that the scripts are getting a rewrite before production starts despite the fact that it hasn’t been officially announced, but perhaps this is as official as we’re going to get.
The next installments are said to be going in a different direction and will focus on other central characters, notably the sons of Bill Pullman and Will Smith’s characters. Pullman has already agreed to return, and it’s only a matter of time before Smith agrees as well.
The son twist is expected seeing as these sequels will be decades into the future. Although Smith’s character already had a stepson, it’s likely that the actor’s own son, Jaden Smith, could play the son instead. There’s no word whether or not they’re looking at Jaden, but the younger Smith has been getting used to the screen for some time now.
Right now, the two Smith men are getting ready to do rounds of promotion for their sci fi adventure After Earth, where they reprise their roles as father and son. Jaden Smith’s first film was alongside his father in The Pursuit of Happyness.
Giving even more explanation to ID Forever, Emmerich explained:
“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.”
Let’s see how this all pans out. These ID Forever rumors have never surfaced with this much detail before, so maybe we’re one step closer, albeit a long time off from seeing Independence Day sequels.