Roland Emmerich is the Hollywood equivalent to those Japanese soldiers who refused to believe that World War II had ended and continued to fight a war they had long since lost. Somebody needs to politely tap him on the shoulder, firmly announce that the ’90s ended about 13 years ago and then give him a big bear hug because he’s going to need it. Otherwise, he’s going to continue to believe it’s 1998 and the world is still clamoring for a sequel to one of the most disposable films of 1996.
In spite of the fact that nostalgia still hasn’t fogged people’s minds too such a degree that they can at least appreciate ”Independence Day” ironically, Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Emmerich is planning to give us a new round of sequels with “ID Forever Part I” and “ID Forever Part II”. Emmerich has said the films will,
…take place 20 years after the original, when a distress call sent by the first wave of aliens finally brings reinforcements to Earth. ”The humans knew that one day the aliens would come back,” explains the director, who completed two scripts with ”Independence Day” co-writer Dean Devlin and has given them to ”White House Down” writer-producer James Vanderbilt for a rewrite. ”And 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.”
So far Bill Pullman is the only cast member from the original that is definitely returning. Will Smith will not be back for the new films probably because Christoph Waltz gets to kill the bad alien and he wanted to kill the bad alien.
Additionally, Randy Quaid will not be able to reprise his role as drunken alien abductee Russell Casse because he’s otherwise engaged with such other commitments as evading a shadowy organization known only as The Hollywood Star Whackers and living in his car.