Since the release of the 1996 film ‘Independence Day’ rumours about a sequel have been heard among fans. However it took until 2012 for producer and co-writer Dean Devlin to finally speak up about the project.
I can tell you that Roland and I have been working together for the first time in 11 years and we’re very excited about the idea of doing it: Dean Devlin.
Information about potential strotylines or lead roles was not revealed and no further details were offered by Devlin, nonetheless he talked about why the sequel was not immediately made in the nineties:
We resisted doing the sequel for years because we still wanted to honour the first one (…) the first one gave us all careers, and we really love that movie and loved the experience. We didn’t want to make a movie because it was financially a good idea, we only wanted to do it when we had an idea and a concept that creatively felt like it honoured the first one – that it felt like an organic sequel as opposed to ‘let’s just go make some more money: Dean Devlin.
Yahoo! Movies reports ‘Independence Day’ star Will Smith is purportedly asking for a $50’000,000.00 USD fee, to take part in the sequels.
‘Independence Day’, directed by Roland Emmerich, was the highest-grossing film of 1996 according to Wikipedia, beating ‘Twister’, and Michael Bay’s ‘The Rock’.
July 10th, 2012.