I suppose it was only a matter of time. After months of rumors and speculation, Twentieth Century Fox has given the green light for an Independence Day sequel. Will Smith won’t be returning, according to Deadline, though that could change at some point in the future. The studio’s next step is to sign Roland Emmerich, who directed ID4, to return. For how sudden the announcement is, even more surprising is that the film is expected to hit theaters on July 24, 2016, which really isn’t that far away.
Once Emmerich is signed, casting for the film will get underway. No hints were dropped as to who the studio is looking for, but it’ll definitely be different without Smith as the lead. It’s also unclear how the story will follow up on the original, which came out all the way back in 1996. Sure, it didn’t have the best story, but the film is definitely impressive for its action and scope. With today’s improvements in CGI, the scale can be improved upon even more.
Deadline says Twentieth Century Fox only has plans to make a single film, not two or three as previous rumors suggested. We’ve seen a series like Transformers get rebooted with different actors, and we’ve seen a crazy amount of sequels and threequels over the past several year. When the film comes out in 2016, it will be one of many sci-fi/geek culture films to hit theaters, with Captain American 3, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and X-Men: Apocalypse are also slated to hit that year.
Anyone you’d like to see in the main role? I just hope Bill Pullman makes a triumphant return as the President of the United States.