Soon after the success of the first film, 20th Century Fox paid Dean Devlin a large sum of money to write a script for a sequel. However, after completing the script, Devlin didn't turn in the script and instead gave the money back to the studio, as he felt the story didn't live up to the first film. It was only approximately 15 years later, that Devlin met up with Roland Emmerich to try again, having felt that they had "cracked" a story for a sequel.
The movie had been given a 165 million dollar budget, 90 million more than its predecessor, Independence Day (1996), which had a 75 million dollar budget, and had a worldwide box-office take of 817.4 million dollars, making it the highest grossing movie of 1996.
The movie is dedicated to actor Robert Loggia, who appears in both Independence Day (1996) and Independence Day: Resurgence, and passed away in 2015. The film's closing credits dedication reads: "In Memoriam: Robert Loggia".
On the monument to The War of '96 seen in Washington, D.C. towards the start of the film the name Russell Casse can be seen on a brick in the middle. Russell Casse was the name of Randy Quaid's character who sacrificed himself to destroy the ship approaching Area 51 in Independence Day (1996).
Will Smith was supposed to reprise the role of Captain Steven Hiller, but Fox refused to meet his request for a 50 million dollar salary for two sequels. Roland Emmerich confirmed Smith would not be returning for the sequel in June 2013 to Daily News, but mentioned that Jeff Goldblum would return to reprise his role as David Levinson.
The announcement of the recasting of Patricia Whitmore from Mae Whitman in Independence Day (1996), to Maika Monroe was met with much outrage. Fans expressed dismay over the decision across the social media. Most notably, Anna Kendrick, a close friend of Whitman, spoke out against the recasting on Twitter. The speculation being that producers believed Whitman was not "conventionally pretty" enough to reprise her role. Whitman, who has had a very solid acting career including her lead role in 2015's surprise comedy hit The DUFF (2015), has remained mostly silent on the matter.
Jeff Goldblum would conduct jam sessions during the shoot in New Mexico. Maika Monroe said to Yahoo Movies: "On set, he would choose a song, and then we would all have to harmonize a song. Or he'd bring a play, and he'd pass out parts. And that's how we would pass the time in between set-ups." The interview said that the songs " . . . ran the gamut of classics, from Frank Sinatra to Patsy Cline". Vivica A. Fox added: "He loves music, and I think with him it's like a calming effect. Sometimes we join in and sing with him, and sometimes he's just serenading us on his own".
In an interview with Empire Magazine, director Roland Emmerich declared that the role the city of Paris [in France] in the movie was replaced with London, saying: "After [last November's terrorist attacks,] we felt it wasn't right to have the Burj Khalifa crashing on the Eiffel Tower [and the Louvre], so we dumped it on the London Eye instead. The English can take it."
Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin got the idea for the original Independence Day (1996) film while fielding a question about the existence of alien life during promotion for Stargate (1994). A reporter asked Emmerich why he made a film with content like that 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 fifteen 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."
The length of the massive diameter of the alien craft spaceship is about the same as Jupiter's moon Europa and spans approximately 3,000 miles (4,830 kilometers) in width. The character of Director David Levinson in the film defines the new mothership's size as being so big that "it has its own gravity."
Director Roland Emmerich said in June that Will Smith won't be in the sequel. "Will Smith cannot come back because he's too expensive, but he'd also be too much of a marquee name," Emmerich told the New York Daily News. "It would be too much. We have maybe half of the people that you would know from the first film, and the other half people who are new."
David Arnold, composer of the score to the first film, said on his Twitter account he was not asked to score to the sequel and that since the studio owns his themes for the first film, the new composers could use them.
According to the Guardian newspaper, "the website promoting the sequel Independence Day: Resurgence has been criticized for its disturbingly realistic Street View-style images . . . The widely publicized Independence Day: My Street website asks visitors to type in a street address, and then shows pseudo-news footage of an alien bombing attack using Google Street View-style photography."
According to a back-story established by the cast and crew in Independence Day (1996), Dr. Okun was recruited by the military out of Berkeley in the 1960s, and due to the top-secret nature of his work, had been isolated at Area 51 since. Although never revealed in the original film, his first name was established as Brackish, a word meaning "unappealing" or "repulsive".
The name of the fictional medical condition that former President Whitmore had was called "Alien Psychic Residual Condition." This was due to Whitmore's close encounters with the aliens in the War of '96 in Independence Day (1996). It seems severe internal & mental changes have left him haunted and disturbed, and "knowing" what the aliens know. Whitmore has visions of their impending return and dark premonitions of the aliens' plans for earth.
During and prior to the cinema release of this movie, director Roland Emmerich and his longtime collaborator Dean Devlin have been developing a re-imagining of their earlier hit movie Stargate (1994) as a follow-up. They will be partnering with MGM and Warner Bros. and are planning it as the first chapter in a trilogy. After Stargate, Emmerich is attached to direct Independence Day 3.
Roland Emmerich said of the choice of the word "resurgence" in the movie's title: "We call it the War of '96 in the film (the alien invasion from the original Independence Day (1996)). It's like a post-World generation that's unified, and that's amazing to see a world come together with a common enemy. That's a resurgence."
Maika Monroe replaced Mae Whitman as Patricia Whitmore. Whitman did not officially comment on the change, aside from a re-tweet of a HitFix article on her Twitter account titled "The case of the missing Mae Whitman and 'Independence Day 2'", implying she was never approached. Ross Bagley, who played Dylan Hiller in the original film, was not approached to reprise his role either.
Will Smith has said of his not being in the film in an interview with the BBC stating that it was a scheduling clash with another movie which is was what lead to Smith not being in the picture. Smith said: "It was one of those things - I had a couple of films lined up, I had Concussion (2015) and Suicide Squad (2016), and so it was a decision, timing-wise, between Independence Day: Resurgence and Suicide Squad (2016). They were sending pictures from the set, and I was like, ahh. The world is in a place of nostalgia right now. Specifically in entertainment, there's such a pull for nostalgia, so it was just the perfect opportunity and it didn't work out."
Roland Emmerich said in an interview with Empire magazine that a third film would be made contingent on the box-office success of this sequel. Emmerich also indicated that there would not be as long a period between sequels if another installment is green-lit.
Humanity's utilization of alien technology points to one of the film's bigger themes. Production Designer Barry Chusid said: "One of the things we are trying to portray was the idea that all the world's nations are now united against a common enemy. They've done it once before, they will do it again. Moreover, there's no longer a divide between civilians and military, and between countries. We will use whatever we can get our hands on, to fight the aliens."
Producer and co-writer Dean Devlin said: "The most rewarding part of the project is being on set with these actors again and seeing that they are not just as good as they were then, they've gotten even better. When you're writing the script, you wonder, 'What's it going to be like twenty years later?' Then, our returnees work on this film, and they just light up the screen and our new team shines as well. It's the perfect mix."
According to TV Tropes, "the original plan was that were going to be two sequels released with a year of difference, but in the end the studio only greenlit one movie." However, Independence Day 3 has been announced.
Actor Jeff Goldblum reprises his starring role from Independence Day (1996) as scientist and world savior David Levinson. Goldblum said: "This one is so much bigger than ID4 but the film's spirit of fun, wonder and delight is just as important." Goldblum loved further exploring the character's many nuances. Goldblum added: "David Levinson is complex. He's a wildly romantic person with an abiding love for the planet and for all living things. Most of all, he's humble and curious. So all these things come into play as he receives jaw-dropping, life-changing, species-changing information about where we are and who else is out there and what could happen to us." Goldblum further notes that while the alien invaders have more advanced weaponry and vehicles than humans, they lack a fundamental trait that could mean hope for the brave men and women taking the fight to them. He adds: "The aliens are advanced militarily, but in some ways they reflect some of our own smallest stupidities. They have a disregard for a living planet's inherent beauty, and a need to exploit resources at the planet's expense. That could be their undoing, as it could be ours in our real, non-movie world."
Listen carefully to music during the moon attack and as the alien craft is about to fire the cannon. You will hear the same bars of music that were used just as the aliens were about to fire in Independence Day (1996).
When Jake and Patricia are video chatting, they are using QQ which is the fourth largest chat and social network platform in the world with approximately 877 million active user accounts (nearly all in China) as of June 2016.
Soon after the original film Independence Day (1996), a sequel was in development. There was discussion regarding whether a sequel could be possible at all because the hive mind alien race portrayed in the original film seemed to be rendered extinct. One option included editing parts of the original in order to allow for liberties taken in the proposed sequel. A leak of the 1996 script for a sequel included adapted alien technology that allowed Dylan Hiller to lead a group facing the aliens head on in space, and President Whitmore still suffering from his mind link with the alien. Rumors cite Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich refused to participate in a sequel after a falling out with FOX Studios after FOX TV canceled "The Visitor", a project in which the two were involved.
In the official trailers to the release of Independence Day: Resurgence are scenes that have not appeared in the film. Such as President Lanford saying "You picked on the wrong species" as aliens attack her, and David Levinson saying "Your father was the bravest person I know" to a character off screen.
"Area 51" is a real life U.S. Air Force facility. The Wikipedia website states that it "is a remote detachment of Edwards Air Force Base, within the Nevada Test and Training Range. According to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the correct names for the facility are Homey Airport (ICAO: KXTA) and Groom Lake, though the name Area 51 was used in a CIA document from the Vietnam War. Other names used for the facility include Dreamland, and nicknames Paradise Ranch, Home Base and Watertown. The special use airspace around the field is referred to as Restricted Area 4808 North (R-4808N). The base's current primary purpose is publicly unknown; however, based on historical evidence, it most likely supports the development and testing of experimental aircraft and weapons systems (black projects). The intense secrecy surrounding the base has made it the frequent subject of conspiracy theories and a central component to unidentified flying object (U.F.O.) folklore. Although the base has never been declared a secret base, all research and occurrences in Area 51 are Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI). In July 2013, following an FOIA request filed in 2005, the CIA publicly acknowledged the existence of the base for the first time, declassifying documents detailing the history and purpose of Area 51."
Jeff Goldblum's son Charlie Ocean was born on Independence Day in 2015. Goldblum wrote on Facebook: "We're so excited to share the wonderful news of the birth of our son, Charlie Ocean Goldblum, born on the 4th of July. Independence Day."
Nine visual effects companies made the visual effects seen in the movie. These are (in alphabetical order): Cinesite, Digital Domain, Image Engine, LUXX Studios, MPC, Scanline VFX, Trixter, Uncharted Territory, and Weta Digital.
When Julius Levinson takes over the driving duties from the girl on their way to Area 51 one of the passenger boys says 'If we go any slower we'll be going backwards', this is a fun nod to Independence Day (1996). When Julius and David are travelling to Washington to rescue David's ex-wife from the White House, David remarks that 'We're going to get a ticket' referring to how slow his father was driving despite the roads into Washington being virtually empty.
According to an article by Sanyukta Iyer published in 'The Mumbai Mirror' published on 20th June 2016, "keeping the sensitivities of all the religious groups and other activists in mind, the makers were asked to not shoot in India or portray any prominent monuments being damaged," reveals a source from the 20th Century Fox, the producers of the film. So while the next installment delivers global catastrophe on an unprecedented scale, India won't figure in the film which is set to hit screens on June 24 worldwide. When Mirror got in touch with a spokesperson of the company's Indian subsidiary, Fox Star Studios, they confirmed the news, pointing out that this was an internal decision that was agreed upon owing to several policy makers that reject such requests. 'There was also a request to only represent India on one of the film's posters, by showing an attack on the Taj Mahal. But this too was rejected,' the source added."
An extended version of the movie exists and will be released later after its initial theatrical release. Director Roland Emmerich has said: "It's only about seven minutes longer. It's interesting for fans to see which scenes we cut, although I like it when movies are short." A longer special edition of the original Independence Day (1996) was also released, which ran almost two-and-a-half hours at 145 minutes with the extended cut running for 154 minutes.
To prepare for his role as President Thomas J. Whitmore in the original Independence Day (1996) film, Bill Pullman read Bob Woodward's The Commanders and watched the documentary film The War Room (1993). The character is reprised in Independence Day: Resurgence and is referred to as former President Whitmore. In the final battle on the first movie, Pullman refers to himself as "Eagle 1". In the science fiction spoof Spaceballs (1987), also from the 20th Century Fox studio, his character called himself "Eagle 5".
The five "Independence Day" novels are (in order): "Independence Day" (1996, a novelization of Independence Day (1996)); "Independence Day: Silent Zone" (1998, a prequel); "Independence Day: War in the Desert" (1999); "Independence Day: Crucible" (first published in May 2016); and "Independence Day: Resurgence" (a novelization of Independence Day: Resurgence first published in June 2016).
In Japan, the American teaser movie poster featuring the Statue of Liberty getting attacked by the alien spaceship was replaced with RX-0 Unicorn Gundam from the Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn universe with it retaliating against the alien mother ship. The Anime News Network website reports "although the two works might seem unrelated, they are both science-fiction action spectacles that revive dormant but beloved franchises. Gundam Unicorn also involves independence - this is the aim of Zeon in its war against the Earth Federation. Harutoshi Fukui, the writer of the original Gundam Unicorn novel, explained the similarities further. 'Our two works are connected like soul brothers by the theme of humanity's indomitable spirit pushing despair aside. The enemy this time may be reeeeally big, but humans won't lose! The Unicorn Gundam will help too! (In our hearts.)'."
The "Welcome Back Aliens" website, an official promotional site for the film, asks the question, "How does one properly greet a returning alien invasion?". Their answer is: "Welcome them back with a fist to the face." The webpage offers people to "select an alien . . . to get started".
Depending on which country the film's DVD release is in, the cover for the film shows a ship over one country. In Australia and New Zealand, the ship is seen over Australia and New Zealand. In the American release, it is shown over North America.
The British arm of 20th Century Fox produced a commercial with soccer team Manchester United, of which English Fox is an official partner. The ad stars Angelababy and Jeff Goldblum and guest stars a number of MU football players portraying fighter pilots, these include Daley Blind, Juan Mata, Chris Smalling,, Ashley Young, and their captain Wayne Rooney.
The movie has numerous informal titles, promotional abbreviations and had a number of working titles. These include: "IDR"; "ID Forever"; "ID Forever Part 1"; "Independence Day 2", and "Independence Day Forever Part 1". Titles such as "Independence Day Rises", "Independence Day Returns", "Independence Day: Requiem", and "Independence Day: Retaliation" were also movie titles considered. Moreover, the movie is often referred to in articles as "Resurgence" as an informal short title.
Debut produced screenplay of actor James A. Woods who co-wrote the film's script with four other writer collaborators. Woods also appears in the movie as Lieutenant Ritter and is billed here in the acting role as James Andre Woods.
Screenwriter James Vanderbilt, who had worked on director Roland Emmerich's White House Down (2013), became attached to the production in March 2013 to re-work the film's first draft screenplay by Emmerich and Dean Devlin. It has been suggested that this was due to re-write the movie replacing Will Smith's character of Captain Steven Hiller with Jake Morrison who was eventually cast with actor Liam Hemsworth.
IMAX poster promotional artworks for the picture have been inspired by the iconic and famous World War II flag-raising photo on Iwo Jima in 1945 which has also used for inspiration for movie posters for the John Wayne film Sands of Iwo Jima (1949) and the Clint Eastwood movie Flags of our Fathers (2006). The movie poster re-purposes the "Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima" photograph from the Second World War with a enormous alien spaceship with three soldiers holding guns in a red, black, white, and yellow colored visual with the man in the center holding up a flag.
Around the time of the movie's release, The AV Club reports, according to The Hollywood Reporter, director "Roland Emmerich has just sold a spec script for a new space misadventure, Moonfall, to Universal. The project sparked a bidding war between Universal and Sony, and it's not hard to see why, as Emmerich has written a story about a ragtag group of heroes who must save Earth from another hurtling object-the moon". Conceptually, Moonfall is a similar disaster science-fiction genre type picture to the Independence Day franchise.
Under Roland Emmerich's direction and vision, production designer Barry Chusid approached the design of Independence Day: Resurgence as a stand-alone film, and not as a sequel. Chusid notes: "Roland loves sci-fi, as do I, and one of the best things about working with him is he will push the boundaries of what the shot can be. The scope is so vast that it's not fathomable. When you're trying to quantify things, you're tasked with making them plausibly live in the world that now has issues with light, darkness and gravity." Chusid said that he particularly embraced the alien-human hybrid designs. He added: "Early on, we had the idea that humans had harvested the technology from the downed alien destroyer ships. Humans can understand some, but not all of it, which they've used to help them in the coming alien invasion. Whether humans are building a jet or a tug or weaponry, like a cannon or just a rifle, they can use that alien technology and it's like a spice . . . it just makes everything better."
The News website said about the 'Independence Day My Street' website that "in a canny effort to promote Independence Day: Resurgence (2016), those marketing the film have set up a website, Independence Day My Street, where you can put it any address you like - your own street, that of a friend or enemy, or of a famous landmark - and see what it'd look like in the grips of a massive alien apocalypse. We've had few goes ourselves, and we can report that it's HOURS OF FUN."
Former Mayor of London mayor and British Member of Parliament, Boris Johnson, amongst others who supported the Brexit Campaign for the UK to exit the EU (European Union), declared that 23rd June 2016 could be their British "Independence Day" if the 2016 referendum on whether Britain should withdraw from the European Economic Union (known as the "Brexit" campaign) was successful. The movie Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) opened in the majority of world territories, including the UK, on 23rd June 2016, the same day as the vote. When the Brexit vote was successful for the UK to leave the EU, many supporters of it declared that it was Great Britain's "Independence Day".
The movie was first released twenty years after Independence Day (1996), and debuted in theaters in the 20th Anniversary year of it. The first film debuted on July 2, 1996, whereas this one world-premiered on June 20, 2016, which was fourteen days prior to Independence Day, 2016.
The Guardian newspaper reported that "Chris Aronson, head of distribution for (20th Century) Fox, acknowledged the opening box-office result was 'on the lower side of our prognostications'. Resurgence did take in 102 million dollars abroad. 'We always expected international to carry the baton,' Aronson said."
The President of the United States of America in this movie is a woman. The character of Elizabeth Lanford (Sela Ward) is the 45th President of the U.S., and the first woman President in the country's history. During the release of the movie, Hillary Clinton was the Democratic Presidential Candidate until she lost the November 2016 election.
On June 25, 2013, director and LGBT activist and supporter (and Stonewall (2015) director) Roland Emmerich, stated in an interview with Huffington Post: "Actually in the next Independence Day there is a gay character."
Australian journalist media personality and co-host of the Aussie Today (1982) show was originally going to play himself in cameo appearance but his scene was deleted from the final cut. The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reported on 15th December 2015 that "Speaking on the Today (1982) show he said he would play a 'dodgy TV host' after a set visit led to a surprise invitation to fill a small role. Stefanovic pretended to cry on air when director Roland Emmerich during a TV interview advised Stefanovic that his Hollywood debut had ended up on the cutting room floor. Emmerich said: Karl ". . . played one of the reporters in a scene, but unfortunately we had to cut that scene. It was too long, it happens all the time", adding, "as they say in the film business, s**t happens!".
Slate website critic and writer Sam Adams allegedly jokingly used the website IndependenceDayMyStreet.com to alien invade a 20th Century Fox headquarters. He said on Twitter: "I used the Independence Day: Resurgence viral marketing tool to blow up 20th Century Fox headquarters."
Roland Emmerich performed a few roles on this picture. Emmerich was the director, a producer, a co-story writer, a co-screenwriter, and this movie was based on characters created by him and Dean Devlin, who was also a producer, co-story writer and co-screenwriter.
On November 12, 2013, it was announced that this first sequel to Independence Day (1996) had been rescheduled from 2015 for a July 2016 release. In November 2014, the production was scheduled to begin in May 2015 but principal photography actually started on April 20, 2015.
The picture took the number one spot at the international box-office the weekend it opened. Website Deadline reported "Fox's Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) landed with a 102.13 million dollar start overseas to take the number one spot at the international box-office this weekend. Roland Emmerich's 20-years-later sequel invaded 57 markets and was tops in 40, including Korea and Mexico, and several South East Asian hubs."
The running time of Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) is two hours or 120 minutes, whereas the original Independence Day (1996) clocked almost two-and-a-half hours at 145 min (or 154 min for the Special Edition), making Independence Day: Resurgence the shorter movie of the two, with a run time of about 25 min less (or 34 min for the longer version) than the first one.
Screenwriter Nicolas Wright said that he and writing partner James A. Woods wanted to capture the first film's "innocent and honest humor and tone as much as possible," noting that since the first Independence Day's release, many other big studio franchises "have jumped on that kind of humor. They have a great rhythm, intense action punctuated with humor, and then underlined with emotion." Woods added: "The dramatic moments and spectacle land that much better if they're supported by humor and great characters."
The movie's theatrical release in Italy was September 8, 2016 when most other territories in the world had opened the picture in late June 2016 and early July 2016, with France launching the pic on July 20, 2016. Italy 20th Century Fox CEO Osvaldo De Santis said, according to Aces Showbiz, "the reason for the move was that he was offered the 'unique possibility' to launch the 'Independence Day' sequel in August from Rome's Terme di Caracalla Baths, customarily a venue for operas. 'We were offered this opportunity, which is a unique event that will get plenty of media attention' . . . 'We considered this an opportunity we did not want to miss'."
A book about the making of the movie, "The Art & Making of Independence Day Resurgence", was published to coincide with the release of the film. Publisher Titan Books state in their publicity statement that the publication " . . . takes readers from the aftermath of the '96 invasion, through the rebuilding of the planet, and the new, terrifying threat about to hit Earth. From sketch to screen, the book delves into the design and creation of the colossal spaceships, aliens, vehicles and fighter planes, weaponry, and the new characters defending the world. This official companion is packed with incredible concept art, costume design, behind-the-scenes photography, and exclusive interviews with cast and crew including Jeff Goldblum and director Roland Emmerich."
Independence Day: Resurgence expands the mythology of the Independence Day (1996) universe by putting the band back together by reuniting original cast members from the first film as well as introducing new players from around the world. For Roland Emmerich, the ensemble is a dream team. Emmerich said: "It's exciting to see this handover from one generation to the next. We have veteran heroes from the first film making way for a team of new ones. With the original cast on set, and off, it's like a twenty-year class reunion, the class of '96."
The film was released in the UK on June 23, 2016, the day UK citizens voted in majority to leave the European Union after 4 decades. Supporters of the Leave vote called this day "Independence Day" for the UK.
Director Roland Emmerich humbly credits advances in computer generated imagery in helping him create the spectacular scenes in the movie, with producer Dean Devlin adding: "The beauty of what Roland did in the first film is that he has married old-fashioned visual effects techniques with digital techniques. Today, the only limits are your imagination, and Roland has an incredible visual imagination."
On October 14, 2014, 20th Century Fox changed the release date of the movie, bringing it forward eleven days from July 1, 2016 to June 20, 2016. In the end, a majority of territories opened the picture on June 23, 2016 with the second-highest number debuting the movie on the June 24, 2016.
20th Century Fox partnered with Sunrise in Japan in a cross-promotion with Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn, which is explained by Wikipedia, as "a novel by popular Japanese author Harutoshi Fukui (Shusen no Lorelei, Bokoku no Aegis, Samurai Commando: Mission 1549). The novel takes place in Gundam's Universal Century time-line. Character and mechanical designs are provided by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko and Hajime Katoki, respectively."
A Japanese TV spot for the film features commentary by RX-0 Unicorn Gundam characters of Full Frontal and Banagher Links from the Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn franchise. They say in the trailer: "Full Frontal: It's as huge as a planet!. Banagher: Huh? Oh crap!. Full Frontal: It manipulates gravity at will?!. Banagher: This time, we'll destroy them for good! . . . I want to believe in the potential of humanity! Full Frontal: Show us your potential, humanity!".
"In the Japanese dub, Jake Morrison is voiced by Tatsuya Fujiwara, aka Shuya Nanahara" and "Motomu Kiyokawa replaced the late Ichirô Nagai as the dub voice of Julius Levinson" according to website TV Tropes. The website adds: "In the Japanese dub with Neon Genesis Evangelion and by default, Rebuild of Evangelion, being both works that deals with humans fighting an alien invasion: Megumi Hayashibara (Rei Ayanami) voices Catherine Marceaux, Maaya Sakamoto (Mari Illustrious Makinami) voices Patricia Whitmore, Yuriko Yamaguchi (Ritsuko Akagi) as President Lanford, Fumihiko Tachiki (Gendo Ikari) as General Adams and Motomu Kiyokawa (Kozo Fuyutsuki) as Julius Levinson."
The official synopsis for the novelization for the Independence Day: Resurgence novel reads: "Hybrid fighters merging human and alien technology. Massive cannon emplacements on the Moon and Mars. A planetary defense force with the finest military personnel ever trained. For two decades we've known the enemy would return. The nations of Earth have collaborated on a unified defense program designed to defend the planet. Yet nothing could prepare us for the immensity of their new assault, and only the courage and skill of a few brave men and women can hope to bring our world back from the brink of extinction."
Apart from the markets which opened the picture in the final weekend of June 2016, the movie opened in eleven other territories on the traditional American Independence Day weekend which will include Monday, July 4, 2016. These include Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Spain and Sweden. These countries will all open the movie at the start of the traditional U.S. Independence Day weekend. It is expected that many American moviegoers, who did not see the film in late June 2016, are going to wait to see the picture on the traditional Independence Day long weekend, as the movie experience and viewing time synch together.
Roland Emmerich said: "This world is very special to me, and I wanted to do right by it and the characters. Enough time has passed that it all felt fresh to me" and "Audiences really like these characters. We've expanded the universe of Independence Day (1996), and I can't wait for people to experience it." Also nudging Emmerich back to the world of Independence Day was the chance to "employ visual effects that were light years ahead of those available twenty years ago."
The novelization of this movie has the same title "Independence Day: Resurgence". It is the fifth book in the series of "Independence Day" novels. The book was launched on June 21, 2016, which was about two or three days before the release of this movie depending on which territory, as most debuted the picture on June 23, 2016 and the next highest on June 24, 2016, with other markets to follow.
Dean Devlin, co-creator of Independence Day (1996) and Independence Day: Resurgence (2016), will be making his directorial debut with Geostorm (2017), an action sci-fi thriller. IMDb reports its plot summary "as a man heads into space to prevent climate-controlling satellites from creating a storm of epic proportions, his brother discovers a plot to assassinate the President."
On the film's opening weekend American box-office results, the Forbes website said "[20th Century] Fox chose to open the weekend before the July 4th holiday weekend, a strategy that has worked for two of the four Transformers films" and "maybe, audiences are waiting for the patriotic holiday to see the patriotic sci-fi action sequel".
The most recent science fiction feature film of Will Smith, who does not reprise his role as Steven Hiller, was After Earth (2013), which was a critical failure, and a disappointment at the box-office. About 35 crew worked on both After Earth and Independence Day: Resurgence, mostly in visual effects and the art department.
Titles such as "Independence Day Rises", "Independence Day Returns", "Independence Day: Requiem", and "Independence Day: Retaliation" were all movie names considered to have title suffixes (all words beginning with the letter "R") which had been overused until the title of Independence Day: Resurgence was finalized and settled upon.
According to website My Teen Guide, "Independence Day: Resurgence " was originally scheduled to hit theaters on July 3, 2015. Then, on November 12, 2013, it was announced that the movie release date was pushed to July of 2016. The final movie release date change came on October 14, 2014, when it was announced that the release date for Resurgence would be June 24, 2016."
One of three movies debuting in 2016 featuring the word "resurgence" in the title. One is a tele-movie called Resurgence (2018) which is scheduled to have its broadcast premiere December 31, 2016. The other is another science-fiction movie from Japan, Shin Godzilla (2016) (aka Shin Gojira) debuting on July 29, 2016 about a month and a week after Independence Day: Resurgence.
One of two science-fiction films released in 2016 with the word "resurgence" in the title. The other is "Godzilla Resurgence" (Shin Godzilla (2016)) (aka "Shin Gojira"), debuting on July 29, 2016, which is about five weeks after Independence Day: Resurgence first landed in cinemas.
Reportedly, early in this film's genesis, Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich hoped star Will Smith would return. The Wikipedia website states: "Early on both Emmerich and Devlin hoped that Smith would return".
This is the fifth film of Roland Emmerich's to show the White House in a significant role. In "Independence Day", it was destroyed by aliens. In "The Day After Tomorrow", it was briefly shown half buried in snow. In "2012", it was destroyed when a tsunami pushes the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy into it. It was the main setting in "White House Down". In this film, it was spared from destruction when the aliens' mothership lands next to it, although falling debris bends the flagpole.
Will Smith: Though Captain Steven Hiller of Independence Day (1996) is not in the film, he is seen in a group shot in a photograph, also he is seen in a massive picture White House when Cpt Dylan Hiller sees the President and Patricia Whitmore.
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
Fans were surprised to hear about the return of Dr. Okun in this movie. Most viewers thought he died in Independence Day (1996) when the alien ensnares him with its tentacle to communicate to President Whitmore with telepathy. However, Major Mitchell offers no reaction when he checks Dr. Okun's pulse, leaving the character's fate ambiguous. In an interview with Brent Spiner, he revealed that Major Mitchell was supposed to say "He's dead," but the filmmakers removed that line to keep the possibility open of using Dr. Okun in a sequel. Spiner also joked that Major Mitchell was only a soldier and not qualified as a physician to determine if Dr. Okun was alive or not.
Actress Susan Sarandon turned down a prominent role because she found the script incomprehensible. This part is considered to be of President Elizabeth Lanford which in the end was cast with actress Sela Ward. Reportedly, Sarandon said: "When I read the script, I couldn't understand what was going on. I just couldn't understand it. Seriously. A lot of the people from the original one were not going to be doing it, and I read it and I just thought, 'No. I can't. I just can't'." Sarandon added: "But seriously, I read that and I did not have the faintest idea. They said, 'Wait till you see how your character dies.' And I read that part and thought, 'It's not so great, actually. It's not so interesting'."
Much criticism has been made that Dr. Okun has a boyfriend (of 20 years or more) in the film, despite there being no indication he had one in Independence Day (1996). Especially considering the line, "they don't let us out much." However, the goateed extra silently, (unless you watch the directors cut, which he has lines), but constantly looming behind Dr. Okin in the original film is actor John Storey, who plays Dr. Isaac, Okun's boyfriend in Independence Day: Resurgence (2016).
Many of the teaser movie posters for the film showcase landmarks around the world being destroyed. These include the Statue of Liberty in New York City, U.S.; the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, Big Ben in London, England; and the Esplanade Theaters on the Bay in Singapore. In the film, and included in at least one trailer, David Levinson says: "They like to get the landmarks."
While test piloting the ESD's first alien hybrid fighter, an unknown malfunction causes the untimely death of Colonel Hiller. Hiller's valor in the War of '96 made him a beloved global icon whose selfless assault against the alien mothership lead directly to the enemy's defeat. He is survived by his wife Jasmine and stepson Dylan.
In May 2013, Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich stated that wormholes would be used as a story element in this sequel. In the film's story-line, the spherical space-ship materializes near the ESD (Earth Space Defense)'s Moon Defense Headquarters from a wormhole.
Four actors in the movie portray fictional American Presidents, either past, or current, depending on the moment in the movie. The actors are Bill Pullman (former President Thomas Whitmore, the 42nd President); Robert Loggia (former President General William Grey USMC (Ret.), the 43rd President); Sela Ward' (the current President Elizabeth Lanford at the beginning and for two acts of the movie, and the 45th President, but who later dies in an alien attack around the start of the third act); and William Fichtner (General Joshua Adams who becomes President Joshua Adams, the 46th President, after Lanford's death). Pullman portrayed his American President character in the original Independence Day (1996)).
Many people might ask what happened to Will Smith's character Steven Hiller who appeared in the original Independence Day (1996). The official Independence Day: Resurgence website states: "According to an official report, Captain Steven Hiller (Colonel Hiller by 2007) died during a test flight of one of the new Alien-infused Earth Space Defence fighter jets. His stepson, Dylan Dubrow (played by Jessie T. Usher) will carry on his legacy."