20th Century Fox has hired Carter Blanchard to rewrite James Vanderbilt’s first draft script of Independence Day 2. Blanchard is a relative unknown who is currently working on ‘Kindergarten Heroes’ for Fox, and recently finished the script for ‘Spyhunter’ for Warner Brothers, which is based on the popular video game of the same name.
This is good news for fans of the original Independence Day movie, which was a huge summer blockbuster in 1996. Some of the film’s original cast will be reprising their roles, such as Jeff Goldblum who played David Levinson, and Bill Pullman who played President Thomas J. Whitmore.
However, the most notable absence is Will Smith. Last year Smith said that he did not want to be known as “the sequel guy” despite his recurring roles in ‘Men in Black’ and ‘Bad Boys’, and that he would not return as Captain Steven Hiller. Roland Emmerich, who directed the first film, said that Will Smith was just too expensive and that he could not afford the actor, but he did say that a Captain Hiller cameo, might be a possibility.
Not much is known about ‘Independence Day 2′, except that the movie will take place 20 years after the original film, in an alternate modern day setting, where humanity has harvested the alien technology and DNA from the crashed ships that invaded earth. Emmerich plans on calling the movie “ID Forever” and it will be part one of two movies that will be sequels to the original ‘Independence Day’.
As a HUGE fan of the original Independence Day, I was both excited and bummed about this news. Excited because I absolutely loved the first film, and bummed because Will Smith wont be there to deliver one of the best lines in movie history “Welcome to Earth!”
Admittedly, I am kind of nervous about a movie where the people of earth are living in a world where they have harvested and are using alien technology. It seems all too familiar, like ‘District 9′ or even ‘Pacific Rim’ to some extent. Also, doesn’t Rolland Emmerich destroy the White House is every movie he directs? It would be too campy for him to destroy the White House again in this movie, like an overly played out joke that no one is laughing at anymore.
If Emmerich and Blanchard can pull off a fun, exciting movie, using the bones of the original ‘Independence Day’, then I’m all in. What do you think about the possible direction of ID4? Are you excited, or do you think that Emmerich should just leave the original film its dignity, and not move forward with a sequel? Let me know in the comments below.