Director Roland Emmerich is gearing up for two more rounds with the aliens that wreaked havoc on Earth in 1996’s “Independence Day.” After his action film “White House Down” is released on June 28th, Emmerich will focus his attention on making “ID Forever Part 1,” and “ID Forever Part 2.”
The films will take place 20 years after the events in “Independence Day.” Apparently, the original alien invasion force was able to send a distress signal to reinforcements before they were defeated by Earth’s military. Here is what Emmerich had to say about the sequels.
”The humans knew that one day the aliens would come back,” explains the director, who completed two scripts with “Independence Day” co-writer Dean Devlin and has given them to “White House Down” writer-producer James Vanderbilt for a rewrite. ”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 has been working with art department staff to see how the world will look in the aftermath of “Independence Day.” This is what he 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.”
As far as the characters are concerned, actor Bill Pullman, who played President Thomas J. Whitmore, will return; Will Smith (Captain Steven Hiller) has not been confirmed. The scripts will focus on a new generation of characters, including Hiller’s stepson Dylan.
“It’s still some of the same characters, but also new younger characters; it’s a little bit like the sons take over,” says Emmerich, who promises that the first sequel will have a cliffhanger ending to keep audiences coming back for more. “The first one ends on a little success, but only enough to give the humans hope. And then in the second one they free themselves again [from the aliens].”
After the mass destruction of the original “Independence Day,” what’s left for new aliens to destroy?
“We’ve rebuilt,” Emmerich answers, with a smile. “But [the aliens] also do different things.”