Roland Emmerich's Plan for an Independence Day Sequel Was Originally About Peace

Thursday, 16 June 2016 - 4:12AM
Independence Day: Resurgence
Thursday, 16 June 2016 - 4:12AM
Roland Emmerich's Plan for an Independence Day Sequel Was Originally About Peace
Independence Day: Resurgence is just a week away from bringing some old fashioned alien-busting action to theaters, but while Roland Emmerich's big budget sequel looks set to blow up everything it touches, the director has revealed his initial plans were very, very different.

It's been 20 years since the first Independence Day showed us how a Bill Pullman speech could unite the world against a common alien foe, and in that time the real world has changed dramatically. Emmerich revealed that, for a long time, he never intended to create a sequel to his 1996 box office hit, but he started to change his mind when he saw how CGI technology was changing the landscape.

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"I'd never planned to make a sequel – I always felt that Independence Day was a standalone film," Emmerich wrote on Empire.com. "But over the years I realized how iconic the film had become for people and I was repeatedly asked by [20th Century] Fox to do it. What really did it was just how amazing film technology is these days and how restricted I felt in '95/'96 when I did the original one. But it's not a traditional sequel.
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But, technology wasn't the only thing that had changed since Independence Day's 1996 release. The 9/11 attacks had changed the outlook of much of the Western world, a fact that made a big impression on Emmerich and his co-writer Dean Devlin. Emmerich and Devlin's initial thought for an Independence Day sequel was to make a movie that focused on a more peaceful consequence of the original movie's events. But, unsurprisingly, that didn't hold up as a sequel to a movie that had seen the world being saved by a crazy UFO enthusiast flying a plane up the sphincter of an alien mothership.

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It was after 9/11 and Dean and I wanted to make the movie about peace, and it just didn't work. There's still an element of that in the new one, but that version was only about that. We shoot aliens down accidentally and then at the end of the movie they land on the White House lawn and say "we come in peace" and that was it. It was just too weak an idea and we didn't really want to do it. It didn't have an Independence Day feel. Only the alien ship was destroyed!
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So, instead of a more peaceful sequel it looks like Emmerich has tried to top the blockbustery destruction of the original Independence Day. Resurgence might not be the last we see of the Independence Day franchise, either. Emmerich revealed that the movie is set up to produce another sequel, and if next week's release is deemed a success at the box-office, he'll definitely be looking to put a third movie in the works.

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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!
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Independence Day: Resurgence is released on June 24th
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