It's been 16 years since Independence Day exploded into theaters as one of the biggest blockbusters of the '90s, but co-creators Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin aren't done yet. A sequel's been whispered about for years, and now Devlin says the team might finally be ready. But why now?
When a movie rakes in as much cash as ID4 (more than $800 million worldwide to date), talk of a sequel seems like it should begin almost immediately, but Emmerich and Devlin moved on to other projects. Now they're reunited for the first time in more than a decade to talk about a return to this franchise. Why? According to Devlin, they were just waiting for the right story.
"We resisted doing the sequel for years because we still wanted to honor the first one. The first one gave us all careers and we really love that movie and loved the experience," Devlin said. "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 honored the first one--that it felt like an organic sequel as opposed to 'let's just go make some more money.'"
"I feel like we got it. I think it took a long time, but I feel like we finally got something that really feels like, 'that's worth seeing as a sequel to Independence Day.'"
Devlin isn't giving any clues as to what the story might be, but a sequel sounds more promising now than it has in years. But if Devlin and Emmerich can get a sequel up and running, will the cast return?
"We're beginning a long process of talking to everybody," Devil said. "We'll just have to see what happens."
But if Independence Day's not your thing, don't worry. Devlin and Emmerich have also apparently been mulling a return to another of their beloved sci-fi franchises: Stargate. After three TV series based on their film, it seems the pair might finally be looking to turn the film into a trilogy.
"Stargate has always had this empty hole," Devlin said. "When we made the first one, we always intended on doing part two and three, and we were prevented for years. And our hope is that we can get another chance at Stargate and tell the entire story we wanted to tell."
So is it finally time for sequels to Independence Day and Stargate, or do Devlin and Emmerich just need to let those flicks fade into history?