Even though it has been 16 years since its original release, Independence Day is still listed among many sci-fi fans favorite movies. Has it been too long for a sequel to succeed? We may find out in the near future. Dean Devlin, co-writer of Independence Day, had written a script for a sequel shortly after the success of the original at the request of 20th Century Fox, but ended up giving the money back to the studio because he felt the script fell short of the first movie. Now he and Roland Emmerich, who co-wrote the original movie with Devlin, have joined again to work on not just one, but two sequels rumored to be titled ID Forever Part 1 and ID Forever Part 2. Emmerich and Devlin have worked on many movies that have been popular, Godzilla, 2012, and The Day After Tomorrow just to name a few.
Issues between the studio and the actors are currently holding up progress on the projects, but Emmerich says that it is slowly coming together. As reported by Total Film Devlin and Emmerich sat down to watch the original so that they could ready themselves to work on the sequels. They discovered that watching it on TV was a different experience than in the theater and made them realize just how much love between the characters played an important part in the original making them want to expand on that theme in the sequels.
If the indefinite time frame for the sequels is just too hard to deal with, don’t worry. To mirror the movie’s original release date, a 3-D version of Independence Day will be re-released to theaters next year on July 3rd, as long as theaters can keep themselves from showing the film early on July 2nd like some locations did with the original due to high anticipation for the movie.
In an environment where sequels and remakes are filling the theaters this one promises to stand out among them all. If the creators are able to capture the action and heartfelt emotions of humanity’s struggle to survive in the face of impossible odds, these sequels will be instant classics.