'Independence Day' director on sequel plans
POSTED: Friday, March 29, 2013 - 3:00am
UPDATED: Friday, March 29, 2013 - 3:04am
CNN — It seems we haven't seen the last of the aliens that blew up the White House - and every other major field trip destination - back in the 1996 blockbuster "Independence Day."
According to Entertainment Weekly, the director of the original film, Roland Emmerich (who has also directed other disaster films like "2012" and the upcoming "White House Down") is planning not just one, but two sequels.
Called "ID Forever Part 1" and "ID Forever Part 2," the pair of follow-ups will pick up 20 years after the first "Independence Day."
"The humans knew that one day the aliens would come back," Emmerich explained. "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."
The filmmaker described the sequels as a "parallel history" in which the humans have rebuilt, but have also "harnessed all this alien technology."
"It's still some of the same characters, but also new younger ones," he said. "It's a little bit like the sons take over."
So does that mean Will Smith will once again reprise his role as Captain Steven Hiller, and welcome the new aliens to earth? You shouldn't count it. While Bill Pullman has confirmed that he's coming back as President Whitmore, Smith's rep declined to comment - not that Emmerich is dead set on having the star, anyway.
"He's too big for a movie like this. It would be a Will Smith movie," he told Entertainment Weekly. "It's Independence Day. And Independence Day was always not about one person. It was always a group thing. And [Will] is too big a star."