BREAKING MOVIE NEWS
Independence Day 2, a movie you might think demands to open on the big movie-going holiday that it is named for will no longer debut on July 4th weekend.
It might disappoint you that Dr. Ian Malcolm will not be featured in Colin Trevorrow's upcoming Jurassic Park sequel Jurassic World, but don't take that to mean that Jeff Goldblum is done reprising characters he played back in the 1990s. In fact, it turns out that he may be doing one very soon, as director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin have already approached him about the in-development Independence Day 2.
Roland Emmerich, however, will have to distance himself from the wonton destruction that he helped give birth to in movies like Independence Day and 2012, which has bled into Man of Steel and Godzilla as of late. Maybe Emmerich will ask Carter Blanchard to help him figure out how to go smaller? Maybe Independence Day 2 will be a quiet character study?
For the past few months, the biggest question hanging over the upcoming sequel to Independence Day was whether or not Will Smith would be coming back to star as Captain Steven Hiller.
In all honestly, the new release date even works better with the film's premise. It's been reported that the story in the sequel is going to be set 20 years after the events in the first movie, and seeing as Independence Day came out in 1996 only now does the math actually add up. What remains a major question is who the star of the film will be.
According to previous reports, the sequel will be set about 20 years after the first movie and will be set in a world has been drastically altered as a result of the alien invasion. Humanity begins to make advancements in technology based on the stuff left behind by the invaders.
Hollywood seems to be very eager to make Michael B. Jordan the next big thing. First garnering notice for his work in the low-budget superhero movie Chronicle, the young actor earned rave reviews earlier this year for his starring role in Sundance Winner Fruitvale Station, and since then has been rumored for some major upcoming projects.
While talking about putting all of the pieces in place and getting ready for production, Emmerich actually downplayed how fast the project was coming together and suggested that the current release date may actually just be a placeholder. Said the director, "You have to set a release date otherwise another film moves into it."
Superhero mash ups continue to rule the day, with Batman joining Superman on screen and Marvel reuniting The Avengers for a fight against Ultron. But potential sequels from the Jurassic Park and Terminator universes also have up cautiously optimistic for the Summer 2015 frame.
Keep in mind that Emmerich is once again doing promotional duties for White House Down, this time in Australia, and is probably working extra hard after the movie flopped in the United States. This is a man who has destroyed the White House three times on film-- do you really put it past him to drop a possibly fictitious hint about Will Smith for the sake of getting us to talk about his movie again? I sure don't.
And while I’m usually against sequels ripping off their original films, but if this movie doesn’t feature Goldblum’s drunken nervousness and Whitmore giving a speech to end all speeches, then I hope the aliens win.
But don't start getting concerned that he's totally averse to big names appearing. In addition to the promised return of Bill Pullman as (now) ex-President Thomas Whitmore, Emmerich says about half of the characters in the current script are familiar from the first film, while half of them are new. Of course, one of those familiar characters could easily be Smith's stepson
Twentieth Century Fox is home to some of the biggest sci-fi franchises and today they've announced some major release date changes that affect five of them.
Let's kick the tires and light the fires, big daddy! It looks like an Independence Day sequel may actually happen. We've known for a while now that there was a possibility for a follow-up to the Will Smith starring 1996 action film, which focused on an alien attack on the planet. Today offers an update on the project, as ID co-screenwriter Dean Devlin spoke about re-teaming with director Roland Emmerich, with whom he worked on The Patriot, in addition to Independence Day.
Looking at Will Smith's IMDb page makes you want to put the movie industry under six feet of dirt. The actor is currently listed with 38 in-development projects that include Men in Black III; Bad Boys 3; I, Robot 2; Hancock 2; Independence Day 2; Untitled I Am Legend Prequel; The Karate Kid 2; and Independence Day 3.