It’s been nearly 20 years since Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum duked it out with aliens in Independence Day, but producer Roland Emmerich still hasn’t given up hopes for a sequel. In fact, he’s planning more than one.
While speaking at a recent festival, Emmerich said he and co-writer Dean Devlin have been working on a full-fledged mythology for the franchise, which could potentially support an entire series of new films.
And who might return to tie the new series to the original? Will Smith would obviously be the first option, considering he’s one of the most bankable stars on the globe now, but they also have a proposal that makes room for Jeff Goldblum’s hacker character to return.
Here’s an excerpt from Emmerich’s comments:
“That’s actually what we talked a lot about. The mythology of why did the aliens come in the first place, what is the bigger story of this whole thing? And we talked a lot about swarm intelligence. And [the humans] are individual intelligence. Even though we kill each other and have wars against each other, we have something special. We have this domino human spirit to believe in good and over coming enemies. And it’s a little bit about that and when you get a bigger mythology going, I think then you have the chance to do not only one or two or three but you can create a series and that’s what we want to do.”
Do you think Independence Day can support an entire series of films? Could Goldblum carry the series, or is Will Smith a required component?