The original 1996 Roland Emmerich film “Independence Day” will be re-released on July 3rd, 2013 in 3D. The studios are looking for past blockbusters to convert to 3D and re-release them to a new generation of audiences in order to score some easy cash. The question is, what about future installments for the sci-fi invasion film?
Apparently, Emmerich, and producer Dean Devlin try working on the sequels any chance they get. The team refers to the films by their in-progress titles “ID Forever Part One,” and “ID Forever Part Two.” They also recently commented on the use of 3D in the sequels and the tone they’re shooting for.
In a couple of recent interviews, Emmerich and Devlin commented further on the “Independence Day” sequels. From the German site, Film Smarts (via Bleeding Cool), Emmerich mentioned that the biggest hurdle to getting the sequels into production is reuniting all of the cast members. The delay will give Emmerich time to consider how he wants to use 3D for the sequels. For the moment, he has some reservations about current 3D cameras, but to acquiesce to studio demands, he would shoot in 2D and post-convert to 3D.
Speaking to Total Film (also via Bleeding Cool), Devlin talked about the tone they were striving for in the sequels and how it grew out of the fans’ appreciation of the original:
“Roland and I sat down and watched the original. It’s a different experience on television! The thing that really hit me about the movie is how much love there is in it: between the characters; that the filmmakers had making it; that the cast had for each other. As we’re approaching a sequel we’re focusing on that aspect of it. Because I think that was really the key as to why it worked for everyone. It was lovable.”
Some critics found the story in the first film to be generic with characters who were stamped from a mold and tried too hard to be sweet and endearing. While fans of “Independence Day” have been holding their breath for 16 long years waiting for a chance to see the return of the aliens that almost wiped out the human race and attempted to rob the Earth of its precious resources. Those fans will still have to wait. It will still be a few years until anything new will make it up onto the big screen.
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