Entertainment Weekly conducted an interview with Roland Emmerich about his upcoming summer film White House Down, which is slated to hit theaters on June 28th. During the interview, Emmerich revealed some details about the long in development sequel to Independence Day. Primarily, there would be two sequels, tentatively titled ID Forever, Part I and ID Forever, Part II. According to the report, the films would pick up 20 years after the original.
”The humans knew that one day the aliens would come back,” says Emmerich. ”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 years.”
Emmerich goes on to say that, while Bill Pullman is set to reprise his role as President Whitmore, leading man Will Smith has not signed on to return as Captain Steven Hiller. The film will, instead, follow the character’s stepson, Dylan, in addition to a number of new, younger leads.
“It’s a changed world,” Emmerich says of the world’s post-invasion reality. “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.”
Scripts for both sequels are now being rewritten by James Vanderbilt, who worked with Emmerich on White House Down.
Independence Day was released in July of 1996 and grossed over $817 million in worldwide box office. Talks of a sequel began almost immediately; however, Emmerich and his writing partner and producer Dean Devlin did not want to be involved in a sequel unless they had a good story.