Independence Day: Resurgence Has Almost No Practical Effects

Tuesday, 14 June 2016 - 11:39AM
Independence Day: Resurgence
Tuesday, 14 June 2016 - 11:39AM
Independence Day: Resurgence Has Almost No Practical Effects
Recent sci-fi blockbusters have found huge success by relying on practical effects as much as possible, most notably Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Mad Max: Fury Road. But don't expect Independence Day: Resurgence to follow that model, as director Roland Emmerich claims that the sequel will be almost entirely CG.

The first Independence Day relied heavily on practical effects, particularly in that iconic blowing-up-the-White-House sequence. But in a new Q&A with Empire, Emmerich said that there won't be a comparable sequence in Resurgence, since virtually all the effects are digital.

Opening quote
"The only practical effect in this one is the alien tentacle around the neck, because it's very hard to do it digitally. It was always magical working with models, but it's actually too expensive now."
Closing quote

We can't judge until we've seen the movie, but honestly, this doesn't bode too well. Not only are audiences more receptive towards practical effects in recent sci-fi staples, but the fact that only one effect could be practical makes me think that the action will be very large-scale and numbing throughout the whole movie. Hopefully this sequel will live up to the original, but this particular sound bite isn't too promising.

But if they don't get it right the first time, then according to Emmerich, they'll likely get another shot. When asked if we would see an Independence Day 3, he said that we would, box office allowing, and not after another two decades like last time.
Opening quote
"If it's successful enough, yes, because it's set up for a sequel. In 20 years? No, I wouldn't want to make it with a Zimmer frame!"
Closing quote
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