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After years of discussions, 20th Century Fox is finally moving forward with a sequel to "Independence Day." The plan is to officially sign director Roland Emmerich and begin production in May. Deadline has learned that despite setting out to make two sequels back-to-back, Fox is only making one film right now, possibly because Will Smith won't be returning to reprise his role. "Independence Day 2" is set to hit theaters on June 24th, 2016. »
This means the film, which has spent years in a rocky development phase, is finally going ahead and is expected to begin production shortly in time for its proposed June 24th 2016 release date - just in time for the twentieth anniversary of the original.
Actor Jeff Goldblum revealed last month that he has met with Devlin and Emmerich about appearing in the film, but no official casting information is available at this time.
Independence Day 2 has officially been greenlit by @20thcenturyfox! #IndependenceDay
— Dean Devlin (@Dean_Devlin) November 26, 2014 »
- Garth Franklin
There has been a lot of talk of an Independence Day sequel in the last few years, and now it is more than talk with Independence Day 2 officially given the green light from Twentieth Century Fox with a release date of June 24th 2016, almost twenty years after the original. Original director Roland Emmerich is close to signing on the dotted line, and production is expected to start in May of next year. Casting will begin as soon as Emmerich is officially signed, but it has been reported that Will Smith will not be returning. There's no word on what the story will be about, but we can't be wrong in guessing that humanity has built itself back up after the original alien invasion, only for the aliens to return for another round of famous monument smashing. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Independence Day is getting a sequel after 20th Century Fox gave it the official greenlight yesterday. Roland Emmerich is returning to direct for the studio, and wrote the first draft of the screenplay. We are hearing that the film will not star Will Smith, and at this stage we don’t have any news as to who will assume the lead, or any other roles in said sequel. We do know that frequent Emmerich collaborator Dean Devlin will return to produce.
The film will be a single stand-alone movie, rather than two sequels shot back-to-back, though no storylines have been released at this stage.
The original was released all of the way back in 1996, and made a whopping $817 million worldwide. Strange we haven’t had a sequel in the works officially until now really.
Shooting kicks off on the sci-fi sequel in May, 2015 for a release on June 24th 2016. More news as we get it. »
- Paul Heath
It's taken many, many years to get to this stage, but finally, 20th Century Fox has given Independence Day 2 a formal greenlight.
Ever since the first Independence Day become a monster success back in the summer of 1996, there's been talk of follow-ups. For a while, it looked like there would be a pair of them, and at one stage, the title ID4Ever was being banded around. Fortunately, someone sobered up there just in time.
Deadline now reports though that Independence Day 2 is definitely happening, and that it's going to start shooting in May. Roland Emmerich will be returning to direct, and it'll be one single film, rather than a pair of sequels that we're getting. At least for now.
Dean Devlin is returning to produce, and he and Emmerich put together the first draft of the screenplay. »
The studio is hoping to start production next May. Director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, White House Down) is in talks to helm the movie, and according to Deadline, is close to signing a deal. As was previously reported, Will Smith is not coming back for the sequel. Other casting will begin as soon as Emmerich is officially signed on.
The sequel will hit theaters nearly 20 years after the original. It'll be interested to see how the studio and director give this old story a new spin, and without Smith as the star. »
- Laura Frances
The Independence Day sequel has a greenlight from 20th Century Fox, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Director Roland Emmerich is in negotiations to direct the sequel to the 1996 Will Smith blockbuster. Producer Dean Devlin, who worked on the original film, shared the development on his Twitter account on Wednesday. Emmerich, Devlin and Harald Kloser are producing the film. While there has been no casting information shared about the film thus far, Jeff Goldblum said in an October interview with Time that he had been in talks with Emmerich and Devlin about appearing in the sequel. No word on whether Smith will appear in the
- Erik Hayden, Gregg Kilday
Folks, we have good news and bad news. Independence Day 2 is definitely going to happen. Yeah! But Will Smith isn.t going to return. Boo. Deadline have confirmed that the head-honchos over at 20th Century Fox have finally given the go-ahead to the blockbuster disaster sequel. In fact they have even earmarked when production on the film will finally get under way too. They want shooting to start in May. But who is going to return for the action extravaganza then? Roland Emmerich will once again be directing. He even gave the first draft of the screenplay a whirl alongside Dean Devlin. It was then handed to James Vanderbilt who sprinkled in some of the screenwriting genius that made Zodiac and The Amazing Spider-Man so compelling. However 20th Century Fox still had some issues; so, Carter Blanchard did another draft, which was finally approved by the studio. Other than that »
Last we heard of that Independence Day sequel, about six months ago, Carter Blanchard was being brought in to pen a new draft of the script while director Roland Emmerich was busy shooting Stonewall. I guess 20th Century Fox liked what Blanchard turned in because it’s being reported that the studio has green lit the film. Apparently the next step is to close Emmerich’s directing deal and then the film will be heading towards a May production start date. Hit the jump for more on what Fox has planned for the much-anticipated sequel. As reported by Deadline, Fox will begin casting immediately after Emmerich signs on the dotted line. The outlet also reiterates previous reports noting that Will Smith will not be part of the new film. It’s been 18 years since Independence Day hit theaters. Even though the film’s got that June 24, 2016 release date and now »
- Perri Nemiroff
Briefly: Draining what little news there is left out of Hollywood as the holiday weekend approaches, Deadline delivered a sparse update on the development of Independence Day 2. The film has now officially been given a greenlight for production with an eye towards shooting in May. As of now, Will Smith is not involved, and likely won't sign on. But that's fine, because you might remember there's a script written just in case he did come back, and one written as if he didn't. At this point, the film is slated for release on June 24th, 2016, though it seems a shame to miss that July 1st date to match the exact 20th anniversary. Roland Emmerich is closing his deal to direct, and we'll keep you posted as the film progresses. »
- Ethan Anderton
It’s been vapourware. It’s been in various stages of development. It’s been two movies set to shoot back-to-back. It’s seen writers come and go. And, most recently, it scored a 2016 release date. But even that wasn’t enough to make 20th Century Fox officially hit the “go” button on the Independence Day sequel. Now, though, the green light is flashing and the cameras should be rolling in May.Roland Emmerich, who has long been the champion of more alien invasion action, has surprisingly not already signed a deal to direct, but given what he’s said about the film in the past months, that’s merely a formality. According to Deadline, the studio will start locking in a cast as soon as Emmerich is officially on board and it will only be a single film: the double-shot option is not going forward for now. Also not present? »
It’s been in development for what seems like an eternity, but Deadline is reporting that 20th Century Fox has finally given the go ahead to Independence Day 2, although it appears that plans for the back-to-back ID Forever Part I and ID Forever Part II have been scrapped, with just one movie set to go into production in May.
According to the site, Will Smith is unlikely to return to his role as Cpt. Steven Hiller, although it seems there is still a chance he could be written into the script, which was originally penned by director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin before a rewrite from Carter Blanchard (Near Death).
Independence Day 2 was originally slated for release on June 24th 2016, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them pushing it back a week for the lucrative July 4th weekend, which would also mark the 20th anniversary of the original. »
- Gary Collinson
20th Century Fox has finally greenlit the long-awaited Independence Day sequel, according to reports.
Fox reached a decision this week to begin production in May for a June 24, 2016 cinema release date, according to Deadline.
Emmerich and Devlin wrote a draft for a single sequel with Carter Blanchard, despite reports of two movies shooting back-to-back.
Original Independence Day star Will Smith will not return as marine pilot Steven Hiller, but Jeff Goldblum has revealed that he's been approached to reprise his role as computer expert David Levinson.
"I had a meeting and have been talking over the last several months or year with Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, the producer," Goldblum said in October. "They've been cooking up and say they have a part for »
Hang on, didn’t we already know that a sequel to Independence Day was on its way? Yes, we did. That’s largely due to the fact that the history of the sequel is as mammoth as the blockbuster franchise itself. The back and forth between original director Roland Emmerich, stars Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum, and the endless haul of writers brought on to rewrite the script have been heavily documented. After a brief gap of roughly five weeks since the last update on the alien follow-up, the big kahuna hath arrived; 20th Century Fox has officially said yes to the movie.
The folks over at Deadline announced the news today. In their report, the outlet revealed that the studio has production set to commence in May 2015 in order to meet the film’s projected release date – June 24, 2016. This weekend would mark the 20-year anniversary of the 1996 original, which »
- Gem Seddon
Just one month after 20th Century Fox moved Independence Day 2 from July 1, 2016 to June 24, 2016, the studio has finally given the green light for this sequel to move forward. Production is scheduled to begin in May 2015, with the studio now trying to close director Roland Emmerich's deal. We reported in February that Independence Day star Will Smith is not returning as Stephen Hiller.
There had previously been speculation that there may actually be two sequels shot back-to-back, but that isn't happening any more, with 20th Century Fox only giving the green light for one film. Casting will begin after the studio finalizes Roland Emmerich's directing deal, although no story details have been given. Original Independence Day star Jeff Goldblum revealed last month that his character David Levinson is in the most recent script.
Ever since Independence Day owned the summer box office in 1996 fans of the film have been wondering when a sequel might happen, and today, Deadline reports that 20th Century Fox has finally given the green light to Independence Day 2. The studio still has to hash out the details before director Roland Emmerich is officially onboard, but that's probably just a formality. Production on the sequel will begin in May. It'll give the film a good shot of making its pre-announced June 24, 2016 release date, which will also mark the 20th anniversary of the original film. An inside source has told Deadline that Fox only gave a green light for a single film. That may surprise some as Emmerich has previously mentioned doing a trilogy and shooting two films back-to-back. The screenplay was written by Carter Blanchard, Roland Emmerich, Dean Devlin, and screenwriter James Vanderbilt provided the final polish. Over the »
Director Roland Emmerich has been developing an Independence Day sequel for a few years already, but it was finally officially greenlit by 20th Century Fox. The news comes from Deadline, which also reports that the film will go into production in May of 2015. The studio will release the movie on June 24th, 2016.
If you were hoping to see Will Smith reprise his role, don't hold your breath, because the site says it's not going to happen. While Emmerich was developing the movie with producer Dean Devlin, they had two scripts written. One of them included Smith's character, and the other one didn't.
The studio is currently in the process of negotiating with Emmerich to direct. They will start casting the movie after they lock Emmerich's deal into place. There was speculation at one point that we would see two films shot back-to-back, but Fox only greenlit one for now.
- Joey Paur
20th Century Fox has made it official and given the go ahead to the Independence Day sequel, ID4EVER, to begin production in May of next year. While the studio locked in a release date a while back, this is the first official step forward since Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin worked on the screenplay. We have heard rumors that Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman may reprise their roles from the 1996 summer blockbuster, but no actors have been locked in at this point. In fact, Emmerich himself »
- Alex Maidy
Gormley, who has served as first A.D. on all of J.J. Abrams’ films, picked up BAFTA’s outstanding contribution to craft award on Sunday. His credits also include “John Carter,” “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” and Roland Emmerich’s “2012.”
In a statement, Gormley said: “Scotland is full of talented individuals and is blessed with being one of the most visually stunning countries in the world. It has incredible culture, varied architecture and spectacular scenery, making it an ideal filming location.”
He added: “More and more, the larger studios are looking away from Hollywood, and Scotland is ideally placed to take advantage of this, with the correct investment. There is huge potential here, but other similar-sized nations already have studio facilities, »
- Leo Barraclough
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” helmer J.J. Abrams was one of those to send a message congratulating the film’s first assistant director Tommy Gormley, who received the outstanding contribution to craft award at the BAFTA Scotland awards on Sunday in Glasgow.
“I’d like to say three things. One: BAFTA Scotland rules. Two: Scotland rules. And three: Tommy Gormley rules. Tommy Gormley is not just the most incredible first A.D. I’ve ever seen but is one of the greatest people I’ve ever met,” Abrams said in a video message.
Gormley’s credits also include Abrams pics “Mission: Impossible III,” “Star Trek,” “Super 8” and “Star Trek into Darkness.” He has also worked on “John Carter,” “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” and Roland Emmerich’s “2012.” Emmerich also sent a message congratulating Gormley, who received the award from thesp Simon Pegg, who appeared in “Star Trek,” “Ghost Protocol” and “Star Trek into Darkness. »
- Leo Barraclough
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