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Back in November we learned that Twentieth Century Fox officially green lit the long awaited INDEPENDENCE DAY 2, putting the film on track for its previously announced Summer 2016 release. That means that the alien invasion sequel will hit the big screen almost exactly 20 years after the original.
It is no secret that Will Smith will not be returning to star in the sequel. The search for someone to fill that void continues and according to The Wrap, the film may just have found it's leading man. Liam Hemsworth of HUNGER GAMES fame has been offered the starring role for INDEPENDENCE DAY 2. Hemsworth joining the project is not official just yet, but the offer is currently on the table.
When producer Dean Devlin and director Roland Emmerich first began the serious talks of doing a sequel to INDEPENDENCE DAY, the plan was to make two sequels which would shoot simultaneously. The approval from Fox is currently for only one film.
Devlin spoke to Nerd Report saying:
“We decided just to do one first to make sure that people like where we’re going. If that works well, there’s an ability to do some world building which would be really fun and interesting to do. I think Roland and everybody felt, let’s just make sure 20 years later that people still are interested. I think in our case, we started to feel that maybe we were being a little bit arrogant by assuming that we could do two movies. We said you know what, let’s scale it down. Let’s first make sure that it works for everyone.”
Emmerich and Devlin have plans to do a STARGATE reboot together but that will have to wait as Devlin shares:
“Unfortunately, we have to wait until we finish Independence Day for that. Roland wants to direct that one too. Hopefully we go into that right afterwards.”
Carter Blanchard performed rewrites to the first draft of the script which was done by Emmerich and Dean Devlin, and then James Vanderbilt. Emmerich is also set to produced with Devlin and Harald Kloser.
INDEPENDENCE DAY 2 currently has a release date of June 24, 2016 but that could change.