I have a love/hate relationship with Independence Day. On the one hand, you can't deny it's classic summer blockbuster formula and entertainment value. On the other, you start to realize its contrived tactics, awful dialogue and even worse grandstanding. But if it's on cable, I'll stop to watch it...what are you going to do? The sequel for the film has had a painful road to existence. But with the recent announcement of an actual release date, things were looking up. But Roland Emmerich says not so fast, 2015 may not happen after all.
While speaking with Empire magazine, Emmerich had this to say about the pending release date:
"You have to set a release date otherwise another film moves into it."
This is very true and guess what, the new Terminator movie just moved into that spot, which might telling about when we might actually get to see the sequel.
Emmerich also had this to say about the script:
"I should get the script pretty soon, then I'll try to get it into good shape for one or two months, and if that happens, we'll announce it and start production".
I can't imagine the script saying more than: INT EARTH: Aliens invade, we attack aliens, lots of explosions, lots of CGI. FADE TO BLACK. but I could be wrong. Kinda sounds like Emmerich is putting on the breaks, while not actually saying ID4-2 will be coming out at a later date. And when you think about it, moving the movie makes sense. The summer of 2015 is pretty jammed packed and the only thing worth of note right now for 2016 is Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, so now would be the time to stake your claim. Plus it'll be the 20th anniversay of when the original was released, and the script is set 20 years after the original. Seems like this move is written in the stars.
Maybe this extra time will help in getting Will Smith back. I know he said he doesn't want to do it and 20th Century Fox claims he's too expensive, but let's be honest, at this point they both need each other, so why fight it guys?