Independence Day (1996 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Roland Emmerich|
|Produced by||Dean Devlin|
|Written by||Dean Devlin
|Music by||David Arnold|
|Cinematography||Karl Walter Lindenlaub|
|Editing by||David Brenner|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Running time||145 minutes|
Independence Day is a 1996 American military science fiction disaster film about an alien invasion of Earth. The film stars Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Margaret Colin, Vivica A. Fox, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, Robert Loggia, Randy Quaid, James Rebhorn, and Harry Connick, Jr. The narrative focuses on a disparate group of people who converge in the Nevada desert and, along with the rest of the human population, participate in a last-chance counterattack on July 4, the same date as the Independence Day holiday in the United States. It was directed by German director Roland Emmerich, who co-wrote the script with producer Dean Devlin.
While promoting Stargate in Europe, Emmerich came up with the idea for the film when fielding a question about his own belief in the existence of alien life. He and Devlin decided to incorporate a large-scale attack when noticing that aliens in most invasion films travel long distances in outer space only to remain hidden when reaching Earth. Principal photography for the film began in July 1995 in New York City, and the film was officially completed on June 20, 1996.
The film was scheduled for release on July 3, 1996, but due to its high level of anticipation, many theaters began showing it on the evening of July 2, 1996, the same day the story of the film begins. The film's combined domestic and international box office gross is $816,969,268, which, at the time, was the second-highest worldwide gross of all time. It is currently the 42nd highest-grossing film of all time and was at the forefront of the large-scale disaster film and science fiction resurgences of the mid-to-late-1990s. It won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, and was also nominated for Best Sound Mixing.
On July 2, an alien mothership enters Earth's orbit and deploys several dozen saucer-shaped "destroyer" spacecraft, each 15 miles (24 km) wide. As they take position over some of Earth's major cities, David Levinson, an MIT graduate working for a cable company in New York City, discovers hidden satellite transmissions which he believes to be a timer counting down to a coordinated attack by the aliens. With the help of his estranged wife Constance Spano, a White House employee, he and his father Julius gain entrance into the Oval Office to warn President Thomas J. Whitmore of the attack. Whitmore orders large-scale evacuations of the targeted cities, but the aliens attack with advanced directed energy weapons before these can be carried out. Whitmore, portions of his staff, and the Levinsons narrowly escape aboard Air Force One as Washington, D.C. is destroyed.
On July 3, the Black Knights, a squadron of Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornets, participate in an assault on a destroyer near the ruins of Los Angeles. Their weapons fail to penetrate the craft's force field, and "attacker" ships are launched by the aliens in defence. Afterwards, many American military installations, including NORAD, are destroyed. Captain Steven Hiller is the only man to survive and lures a single attacker to the Grand Canyon, forcing both their aircraft to crash in the desert. He subdues the injured alien and is rescued by Russell Casse, who is traveling across the desert with a group of refugees. They take the alien to nearby Area 51, where Whitmore and his remaining staff have also landed. Area 51 conceals a top-secret facility housing a repaired attacker and three alien bodies recovered from Roswell in 1947.
When scientist Dr Brackish Okun attempts to autopsy the alien, it regains consciousness and attempts to escape. When questioned by Whitmore, it reveals that its species travels from planet to planet, destroying all life and harvesting the natural resources. The alien attempts a psychic attack against Whitmore, but is killed by his security detail. Whitmore orders a nuclear attack on the destroyers, but the first attempt fails to penetrate the force field of the destroyer and the remaining strikes are aborted.
On July 4, Levinson devises a plan to use the repaired attacker to introduce a computer virus and plant a nuclear missile on board the mothership, theorizing that this will disrupt the force fields of the destroyers. Hiller volunteers to pilot the attacker, with Levinson accompanying him. With not enough military pilots to man all available aircraft, volunteers including Whitmore and Casse are enlisted for the counterstrike.
With the successful implantation of the virus, Whitmore leads the strike against an alien destroyer approaching Area 51. Although the force field is deactivated, the fighters' supply of missiles are quickly exhausted. As the destroyer prepares to fire on the base, Casse has one last missile to spare but his attempt of firing it jams, leaving him no choice but to sacrifice his own life. He flies his aircraft into the alien weapon with a kamikaze attack, destroying the craft. Human resistance forces around the world successfully destroy the other craft, while the nuclear device destroys the alien mothership as Hiller and Levinson escape. They return unharmed and reunite with their families.
- Jeff Goldblum as David Levinson: An MIT-educated computer expert, chess enthusiast and environmentalist, working as a satellite technician in New York City.
- Will Smith as Captain Steven Hiller: An assured U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18 pilot with VMFA-314. Devlin and Emmerich had always envisioned an African-American for the role, and specifically wanted Smith after seeing his performance in Six Degrees of Separation.
- Bill Pullman as President Thomas J. Whitmore: President of the United States and a former Persian Gulf War fighter pilot. To prepare for the role, Pullman read Bob Woodward's The Commanders and watched the documentary film The War Room.
- Margaret Colin as Constance Spano: White House Communications Director, David's ex-wife.
- Vivica A. Fox as Jasmine Dubrow: A single mother, Steven's girlfriend (later wife), and exotic dancer.
- Mary McDonnell as First Lady Marilyn Whitmore, President Whitmore's wife.
- Judd Hirsch as Julius Levinson: David's father. The character was based on one of producer Dean Devlin's uncles.
- Robert Loggia as General William Grey: A U.S. Marine Corps general who is the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Loggia modeled the character after generals of World War II, particularly George S. Patton.
- Randy Quaid as Russell Casse: A widowed, alcoholic crop duster and veteran Vietnam War pilot who claims to have been an alien abductee ten years prior to the film's events.
- James Duval as Miguel Casse, Russell's eldest son.
- Lisa Jakub as Alicia Casse, Russell's teenage daughter.
- Giuseppe Andrews as Troy Casse, Russell's younger son.
- James Rebhorn as Albert Nimzicki: The U.S. Secretary of Defense and former director of the CIA. Rebhorn described the character as being much like Oliver North. The character's eventual firing lampoons Joe Nimziki, MGM's head of advertising who reportedly accounted for unpleasant experiences for Devlin and Emmerich when studio executives forced recuts of Stargate.
- Harvey Fierstein as Marty Gilbert: David's boss.
- Adam Baldwin as Major Mitchell: A U.S. Air Force officer who is Area 51's commanding officer.
- Brent Spiner as Dr. Brackish Okun: The unkempt and highly excitable scientist in charge of research at Area 51. Devlin, who is open to the idea of bringing Dr. Okun back in the event of a sequel, later implied the character is merely in a coma when he appears to have been killed by an alien. The character's appearance and verbal style are based upon those of visual effects supervisor Jeffrey A. Okun, with whom Emmerich had worked on Stargate.
- Harry Connick, Jr. as Captain Jimmy Wilder: Steve's best friend and fellow pilot. Connick took over the part for Matthew Perry, originally cast in the role.
- Kiersten Warren as Tiffany: Jasmine's exotic dancer friend.
- Ross Bagley as Dylan Dubrow, Jasmine Dubrow's son.
- Mae Whitman as Patricia Whitmore, President Whitmore's daughter.
- Frank Welker as Alien Vocal Effects
The idea for the film came when Emmerich and Devlin were in Europe promoting their film Stargate. A reporter asked Emmerich why he made a film with content like Stargate if he did not believe in aliens. Emmerich stated he was still fascinated by the idea of an alien arrival, and further explained his response by asking the reporter to imagine what it would be like to wake up one morning and discover 15-mile-wide spaceships were hovering over the world's largest cities. Emmerich then turned to Devlin and said "I think I have an idea for our next film."
Emmerich and Devlin decided to expand on the idea by incorporating a large-scale attack, with Devlin saying he was bothered by the fact that "for the most part, in alien invasion movies, they come down to Earth and they're hidden in some back field ...[o]r they arrive in little spores and inject themselves into the back of someone's head." Emmerich agreed by asking Devlin if arriving from across the galaxy, "would you hide on a farm or would you make a big entrance?" The two wrote the script during a month-long vacation in Mexico, and just one day after they sent it out for consideration, 20th Century Fox chairman Peter Chernin greenlit the screenplay. Pre-production began just three days later in February 1995. The U.S. military originally intended to provide personnel, vehicles, and costumes for the film; however, they backed out when the producers refused to remove the script's Area 51 references.
A then-record 3,000-plus special effects shots would ultimately be required for the film. The shoot utilized on-set, in-camera special effects more often than computer-generated effects in an effort to save money and get more authentic pyrotechnic results. Many of these shots were accomplished at Hughes Aircraft in Culver City, California, where the film's art department, motion control photography teams, pyrotechnics team, and model shop were headquartered. The production's model-making department built more than twice as many miniatures for the production than had ever been built for any film before by creating miniatures for buildings, city streets, aircraft, landmarks, and monuments. The crew also built miniatures for several of the spaceships featured in the film, including a 30-foot (9.1 m) destroyer model and a version of the mother ship spanning 12 feet (3.7 m). City streets were recreated, then tilted upright beneath a high-speed camera mounted on a scaffolding filming downwards. An explosion would be ignited below the model, and flames would rise towards the camera, engulfing the tilted model and creating the rolling "wall of destruction" look seen in the film. A model of the White House was also created, covering 10 feet (3.0 m) by 5 feet (1.5 m), and was used in forced-perspective shots before being destroyed in a similar fashion for its own destruction scene. The detonation took a week to plan and required 40 explosive charges.
The film's aliens were designed by production designer Patrick Tatopoulos. The actual aliens of the film are diminutive and based on a design Tatopoulos drew when tasked by Emmerich to create an alien that was "both familiar and completely original". These creatures wear "bio-mechanical" suits that are based on another design Tatopoulos pitched to Emmerich. These suits were 8 feet (2.4 m) tall, equipped with 25 tentacles, and purposely designed to show it could not sustain a person inside so it would not appear to be a "man in a suit".
Principal photography began in July 1995 in New York City. A second unit gathered plate shots and establishing shots of Manhattan, Washington D.C., an RV community in Flagstaff, Arizona, and the Very Large Array on the Plains of San Agustin, New Mexico. The main crew also filmed in nearby Cliffside Park, New Jersey before moving to the former Kaiser Steel mill in Fontana, California to film the post-attack Los Angeles sequences. The production then moved to Wendover, Utah and West Wendover, Nevada, where the deserts doubled for Imperial Valley and the Wendover Airport doubled for the El Toro and Area 51 exteriors. It was here where Pullman filmed his pre-battle speech. Immediately before filming the scene, Devlin and Pullman decided to add "Today, we celebrate our Independence Day!" to the end of the speech. At the time, the production was nicknamed "ID4" because Warner Bros. owned the rights to the title Independence Day, and Devlin had hoped if Fox executives noticed the addition in dailies, the impact of the new dialogue would help them win the rights to the title. The right to use the title was eventually won two weeks later.
The production team moved to the Bonneville Salt Flats to film three scenes, then returned to California to film in various places around Los Angeles, including Hughes Aircraft where sets for the cable company and Area 51 interiors were constructed at a former aircraft plant. Sets for the latter included corridors containing windows that were covered with blue material. The filmmakers originally intended to use the chroma key technique to make it appear as if activity was happening on the other side of the glass; but the composited images were not added to the final print because production designers decided the blue panels gave the sets a "clinical look". The attacker hangar set contained an attacker mock-up 65 feet (20 m) wide that took four months to build. The White House interior sets used had already been built for The American President and had previously been used for Nixon. Principal photography completed on November 3, 1995.
The film originally depicted Russell Casse being rejected as a volunteer for the July 4 aerial counteroffensive because of his alcoholism. He then uses a stolen missile tied to his red biplane to carry out his suicide mission. According to Dean Devlin, test audiences responded well to the scene's irony and comedic value. However, the scene was re-shot to include Russell's acceptance as a volunteer, his crash course in modern fighter aircraft, and him flying an F/A-18 instead of the biplane. Devlin preferred the alteration because the viewer now witnesses Russell ultimately making the decision to sacrifice his life, and seeing the biplane keeping pace and flying amongst F/A-18s was "just not believable". The film was officially completed on June 20, 1996.
The score was composed by David Arnold and has received two official CD releases. RCA released a 50-minute album at the time of the film's release. Then in 2010, La-La Land Records released a limited edition (5000 units) 2-CD set that comprised the complete score plus 12 alternate cues. As of May 2013, the 2-CD set is still available. Tracks marked with an asterisk were not previously available.
- RCA, July 2, 1996
- "1969 – We Came in Peace" – 2:04 (later pressings contain the film version of this track, while earlier ones contain an alternate composition)
- "S.E.T.I. – Radio Signal" – 1:52
- "The Darkest Day" – 4:13
- "Cancelled Leave" – 1:45
- "Evacuation" – 5:47
- "Fire Storm" – 1:23
- "Aftermath" – 3:35
- "Base Attack" – 6:11
- "El Toro Destroyed" – 1:30
- "International Code" – 1:32
- "The President's Speech" – 3:10
- "The Day We Fight Back" – 4:58
- "Jolly Roger" – 3:15
- "End Titles" – 9:08
- LaLaLand Records, April 27, 2010
CD 1 (65:31)
- "1969: We Came in Peace" – 2:01
- "S.E.T.I. – Radio Signal" – 1:53
- "Mysto Bridge/Satellite Collision/Destroyers Disengage/Russell Casse – Pilot" – 2:17 *
- "First Sighting/AWAC Attack" – 2:18 *
- "The Darkest Day" – 4:14
- "Moving Day/Countdown" – 2:12 *
- "Cancelled Leave" – 1:46
- "Commence Lift-Off/Parabolic Indenwhat?" – 1:17 *
- "Evacuation" – 5:48
- "Firestorm" – 1:24
- "Aftermath" – 3:36
- "Base Attack" – 6:11
- "Marilyn Found" – 1:29 *
- "Area 51/The Big Tamale/Formaldehyde Freak Show" – 4:12 *
- "El Toro Destroyed" – 1:31
- "Slimey Wakes Up" – 5:24 *
- "Target Remains/Rescue" – 5:56 *
- "The Death of Marilyn/Dad's a Genius" – 3:34 *
- "Alien Ship Powers Up" – 1:46 *
- "International Code" – 1:32
- "Wedding" – 1:50 *
- "The President's Speech" – 3:11
CD 2 (63:34)
- "Just in Case/Attacker Fires Up" – 3:10 *
- "The Launch Tunnel/Mutha Ship/Virus Uploaded" – 8:27 *
- "Hide!/Russell's Packin' (The Day We Fight Back)" – 4:44 *
- "He Did It" – 1:33 *
- "Jolly Roger" – 3:17
- "Victory" – 3:40 *
- "End Credits" – 9:07
- "1969: We Came in Peace" (alternate version) – 2:11 *
- "Destroyers Disengage" (no choir) – 0:34 *
- "Cancelled Leave" (alternate version) – 1:43 *
- "Commence Lift-Off" (alternate version) – 0:55 *
- "Base Attack" (segment; film version) – 2:27 *
- "Marilyn Found" (no choir) – 1:28 *
- "Target Remains/Rescue" (alternate version) – 2:40 *
- "Dad's a Genius" (alternate version) – 0:45 *
- "Attacker Fires Up" (original version; no choir) – 2:01 *
- "Virus Uploaded" (alternate version) – 2:35 *
- "The Day We Fight Back" (original version) – 5:48
- "Jolly Roger" (alternate version) – 3:22 *
- "End Credits" (segment; no choir) – 2:47 *
While the film was still in post-production, 20th Century Fox began a massive marketing campaign to help promote the film, beginning with the airing of a dramatic commercial during Super Bowl XXX, for which Fox paid $1.3 million. The film's subsequent success at the box office resulted in the trend of using Super Bowl air time to kick off the advertising campaign for potential blockbusters.
Fox's Licensing and Merchandising division also entered into co-promotional deals with Apple Inc. The co-marketing project was dubbed "The Power to Save the World" campaign, in which the company used footage of David using his PowerBook laptop in their print and television advertisements. Trendmasters entered a merchandising deal with the film's producers to create a line of tie-in toys. In exchange for product placement, Fox also entered into co-promotional deals with Molson Coors Brewing Company and Coca-Cola.
The film was marketed with several taglines, including: "We've always believed we weren't alone. On July 4, we'll wish we were", "Earth. Take a good look. It could be your last", and "Don't make plans for August". The weekend before the film's release, the Fox Network aired a half-hour special on the film, the first third of which was a spoof news report on the events that happen in the film. Roger Ebert attributed most of the film's early success to its teaser trailers and marketing campaigns, acknowledging them as "truly brilliant".
The film had its official premiere held at Los Angeles' now-defunct Mann Plaza Theater on June 25, 1996. It was then screened privately at the White House for President Bill Clinton and his family before receiving a nationwide release in the United States on July 2, 1996, a day earlier than its previously scheduled opening.
After a six-week, $30 million marketing campaign, Independence Day was released on VHS on November 22, 1996. It became available on DVD on June 27, 2000, and has been re-released on DVD under several different versions with varying supplemental material ever since, including one instance where it was packaged with a lenticular cover. Often accessible on these versions is a special edition of the film, which features eight minutes of additional footage not seen in the original theatrical release. Independence Day became available on Blu-ray discs in the United Kingdom on December 24, 2007, and in North America on March 11, 2008. The Blu-ray edition does not include the deleted scenes.
In other media
Author Stephen Molstad wrote a tie-in novel to help promote the film shortly before its release. The novel goes into further detail on the characters, situations, and overall concept not explored in the film. The novel presents the film's finale as originally scripted, with the character played by Randy Quaid stealing a missile and roping it to his crop duster biplane.
Following the film's success, a prequel novel entitled Independence Day: Silent Zone was written by Molstad in February 1998. The novel is set in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and details the early career of Dr. Brackish Okun.
Molstad wrote a third novel, Independence Day: War in the Desert in July 1999. The novel is both a midquel and sequel to the film. Set in Saudi Arabia on July 3, it centers around Captain Cummins and Colonel Thompson, the two Royal Air Force officers seen receiving the Morse code message in the film.
A Marvel comic book was also written based on the first two novelizations.
On August 4, 1996, BBC Radio 1 broadcast the one-hour play Independence Day UK, written, produced, and directed by Dirk Maggs, a spin-off depicting the alien invasion from a British perspective. None of the original cast was present. Dean Devlin gave Maggs permission to produce an original version, on the condition he did not reveal certain details of the movie's plot and the British were not depicted as saving the day. Independence Day UK was set up to be similar to the 1938 radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds; the first 20 minutes were set as being live.
An Independence Day video game was released in February 1997 for the PlayStation, Sega Saturn, and PC, each version receiving mostly tepid reviews. The multi-view shooter game contains various missions to perform, with the ultimate goal of destroying the aliens' primary weapon. A wireless mobile version was released in 2005. A computer game entitled ID4 Online was released in 2000.
Independence Day was the highest-grossing film of 1996. In the United States, Independence Day earned $104.3 million in its first full week, including $96.1 million during its five-day holiday opening, and $50.2 million during its opening weekend. All three figures broke records set by Jurassic Park three years earlier. That film's sequel, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, claimed all three records when it was released the following year. Independence Day stayed in the number-one spot for three weeks, and grossed $306,169,268 in the domestic market and $510,800,000 in foreign markets during its theatrical run. The combined total of $816,969,268 once trailed only the worldwide earnings of Jurassic Park as the highest of all-time. It has been surpassed by multiple 21st century films since, and currently holds the 42nd highest worldwide gross of all-time for a film. Hoping to capitalize in the wake of the film's success, several studios released more large-scale disaster films, and the already rising interest in science fiction-related media was further increased by the film's popularity.
A month after the film's release, jewelry designers and marketing consultants reported an increased interest in dolphin-themed jewelry, since the character of Jasmine in the film wears dolphin earrings and is presented with a wedding ring featuring a gold dolphin.
Independence Day is ranked as "fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes with a 60% positive approval rating (34 out of 57 critics gave positive reviews). It has a score of 59 out of 100 (based on 18 reviews) on Metacritic, which indicates the high end of "mixed or average reviews". Critics acknowledged the film had "cardboard" and "stereotypical" characters, and weak dialogue. Yet the shot of the White House's destruction has been declared a milestone in visual effects and one of the most memorable scenes of the 1990s. In a 2010 poll, the readers of Entertainment Weekly rated it the second-greatest summer film of the previous 20 years, ranking only behind Jurassic Park.
Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle gave the film his highest rating, declaring it the "apotheosis" of Star Wars. Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly gave it a B+ for living up to its massive hype, adding "charm is the foremost of this epic's contemporary characteristics. The script is witty, knowing, cool." Eight years later, Entertainment Weekly would rate the film as one of the best disaster films of all-time. Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times felt that the film did an "excellent job conveying the boggling immensity of [the] extraterrestrial vehicles [...] and panic in the streets" and the scenes of the alien attack were "disturbing, unsettling and completely convincing".
However, the film's nationalistic overtones were widely criticized by reviewers outside the U.S. Movie Review UK described the film as "A mish-mash of elements from a wide variety of alien invasion movies and gung-ho American jingoism." The speech in which Whitmore states that victory in the coming war would see the entire world henceforth describe July 4 as its Independence Day, was described as "the most jaw-droppingly pompous soliloquy ever delivered in a mainstream Hollywood movie" in a BBC review. In 2003, readers of the United Kingdom's most popular film magazine, Empire, voted the scene that contained the speech as the "Cheesiest Movie Moment of All-Time". Conversely, Empire critic Kim Newman gave the film a five-star rating in the magazine's original review of the film.
Several prominent critics expressed disappointment with the quality of the film's special effects. Newsweek's David Ansen claimed the special effects were of no better caliber than those seen nineteen years earlier in Star Wars. Todd McCarthy of Variety felt the production's budget-conscious approach resulted in "cheesy" shots that lacked in quality relative to the effects present in films directed by James Cameron and Steven Spielberg. In his review, Roger Ebert took note of a lack of imagination in the spaceship and creature designs. Gene Siskel expressed the same sentiments in their on-air review of the film.[dead link]
American Film Institute lists
Awards and nominations
|CAS Awards||Best Sound Mixing||Chris Carpenter, Bob Beemer, Bill W. Benton and Jeff Wexler||Nominated|
|Best Visual Effects||Volker Engel, Douglas Smith, Clay Pinney and Joe Viskocil||Won|
|Saturn Awards||Best Special Effects||Won|
|Best Science Fiction Film||Won|
|Best Director||Roland Emmerich||Won|
|Best Writer||Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin||Nominated|
|Best Costumes||Joseph A. Porro||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor||Brent Spiner||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress||Vivica A. Fox||Nominated|
|Best Young Actor||James Duval||Nominated|
|Best Music||David Arnold||Nominated|
|Best Actor||Jeff Goldblum||Nominated|
|Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Movie Actor||Nominated|
|Hugo Awards||Best Dramatic Presentation||Nominated|
|Young Artist Awards||Best Young Actor – Age 10 or Under||Ross Bagley||Nominated|
|People's Choice Awards||Favorite Dramatic Motion Picture||Won|
|MTV Movie Awards||Best Action Sequence||Aliens blow up cities||Nominated|
|Best Male Performance||Will Smith||Nominated|
|Best Breakthrough Performance||Vivica A. Fox||Nominated|
|Best Kiss||Will Smith and Vivica A. Fox||Won|
|Grammy Awards||Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television||David Arnold||Won|
|Satellite Awards||Outstanding Visual Effects||Volker Engel, Douglas Smith, Clay Pinney and Joe Viskocil||Won|
|Outstanding Film Editing||David Brenner||Won|
|Mainichi Film Awards||Best Foreign Language Film||Won|
|Japanese Academy Awards||Nominated|
|Blockbuster Entertainment Awards||Favorite Actor – Sci-Fi||Will Smith||Won|
|Universe Reader's Choice Awards||Best Actor||Won|
|Best Supporting Actress||Vivica A. Fox||Won|
|Best Science Fiction Film||Won|
|Best Special Effects||Volker Engel, Douglas Smith, Clay Pinney and Joe Viskocil||Won|
|Best Director||Roland Emmerich||Won|
|Best Score||David Arnold||Won|
|Best Cinematography||Karl Walter Lindenlaub||Won|
|Best Writing||Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin||Won|
|Golden Raspberry Awards||Worst Written Film Grossing Over $100 Million||Nominated|
As of November 2013, 20th Century Fox lists July 1, 2016 as the release date for Independence Day 2. The film is set to follow Dylan Dubrow, stepson of Captain Steven Hiller (Will Smith). Separate reports have attached actor Ross Bagley as reprising the role he originated as a child, where another cites Fruitvale Station actor Michael B. Jordan as being courted for the lead role.
Emmerich reports the film as picking up 20 years after the original closed. The invading aliens having sent a distress signal to their army, first received these decades later, but only taking weeks to relaunch their campaign using wormhole transportation. Over 20 years, humanity has been able to imitate some of the alien technology left behind in the wreckage. The human race now has airplanes that can put up a fight against the aliens, but have struggled to equal the orgainic-natured alien technology.
The possibility of a sequel had long been discussed, and Devlin once stated the world's reaction to the September 11 attacks influenced him to strongly consider making a sequel to the film. Devlin began writing an outline for a script with Emmerich, but in May 2004, Emmerich said he and Devlin had attempted to "figure out a way how to continue the story", but that this ultimately did not work, and the pair abandoned the idea.
In October 2009, Emmerich said he once again had plans for a sequel, and has since considered the idea of making two sequels to form a trilogy. On June 24, 2011, Devlin confirmed that he and Emmerich have found an idea for the sequels and have written a treatment for it, with both Emmerich and Devlin having the desire for Will Smith to return for the sequels. In October 2011, however, discussions for Smith returning were halted, due to Fox's refusal to provide the $50 million salary demanded by Smith for the two sequels. Emmerich, however, made assurances that the films would be shot back-to-back, regardless of Smith's involvement. In July 2012, Devlin reiterated that the Independence Day sequel is still in development, and the script currently takes place 16 years after the original film's events (matching up to real world time passed).
In March 2013, Emmerich stated that the titles of the new films would be ID Forever Part I and ID Forever Part II. The films will take place 20 years after the original, when reinforcements of the original alien race arrive at Earth after finally receiving a distress call. Bill Pullman has confirmed his participation, though Will Smith has not. The new films will focus on the next generation of heroes, including the stepson of Smith's character in the original film. In May 2013, Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin mentioned that wormholes would be used as a plot device in ID Forever and added that they would like Jeff Goldblum to reprise his role from the original. The film was originally going to be released on July 3, 2015. In June 2013, Emmerich confirmed to the Daily News that Will Smith is not returning to the sequel because "he’s too expensive". Later in June, it was officially confirmed that both Goldblum and Pullman would return in the sequel, and that a gay character would prominently feature. On September 26, 2013, actor Michael B. Jordan is being eyed for a role in the film. On November 12, 2013, it was announced that the first sequel had been rescheduled for a July 1, 2016 release.
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