Roland Emmerich is not keeping anything about these films secret. Yes, films, as in more than one.
Emmerich has decided to make ID-4ever: Part 1 and 2. Scripts for the movies are still getting worked over by “White House Down” screenwriter, James Vanderbilt.
In a recent interview, Emmerich said,
“The humans knew that one day the aliens would come back. And they know that the only way you can really travel in space is through wormholes. So for the aliens, it could take two or three weeks, but for us that’s 20 or 25 year.” He then continued to Entertainment Weekly by saying,
“It’s a changed world. It’s like parallel history. (Humans) have harnessed all this alien technology. We don’t know how to duplicate it because it’s organically-grown technology, but we know how to take an antigravity device and put it in a human airplane.”
Will Smith’s character’s stepson, although it’s not clear as to whether Ross Bagley will reprise the role, will be coming back for these films.
“It’s still some of the same characters, but also new younger characters; it’s a little bit like the sons take over,” Emmerich said. “The first one ends on a little success, but only enough to give the humans hope. And then in the second one they free themselves again (from the aliens).”
“We went off, we wrote a script, and the people who’ve read it, they’ve all said, ‘This feels like you always planned it this way.’ And that’s what we wanted, because we owe a lot to that movie,” Devlin said. “It gave us careers, fans really liked it, and we never wanted to just go whip out some crap-o sequel just because it would make us money. We believe in this one. We think we’ve got the right one to tell.”
Unfortunately, the movie will probably not be starring Will Smith due to how much it would cost to pay him and instead will probably be giving him a cameo role, if he accepts it. The film will be set 17 years after, so the actors will have aged and their characters job titles slightly, too, along with that. It is confirmed that Jeff Goldblum will be returning though! He will be accompanied by Bill Pullman, who also starred in the original. Pullman’s character is one of those with the job title that would presumably have changed, considering the years gap between and the fact that Presidents are elected every four years.
With Roland Emmerich at the helm, this film will most probably do well.
The film is set to strike US cinemas on 3 July 2015. The UK date has yet to be confirmed.