Director Roland Emmerich dropped some big news on the development of ID Forever Part I (Independence Day 2). Emmerich told Indiewire.com in an interview there were two scripts prepared for the film. One of the scripts sees Will Smith reprising his role and the other doesn’t. There has been some speculation regarding Smith’s involvement who initially refused to take part in the sequels due to financial disputes. Michael B. Jordan (“Chronicle”) has since been rumored to be attached as the leading man with the main focus on the step-son of Smith’s character.
When asked about Smith, Emmerich refused to comment on the “Bad Boys” stars involvement in the upcoming sequels. The filmmaker also mentioned that the film is “A daily battle … The budget, the schedules, the actors … ” Still, he promised,” but reassures that “It’s looking good.”
Emmerich initially planned to develop a trilogy by making two movies, however he seemed to have change his mind saying:
“I thought about spending four years of my life on one movie and I didn’t want to turn into something from the movie. It’s a movie about aliens, I don’t want to turn into an alien,”
Speaking to Empireonline.com he did however mention that the second sequel depends on the audience:
“We’ll only do the first part,” “because we want to have the audience decide if they want to see the second, otherwise it feels arrogant. But I’m pretty confident, with the right script…”
The second installment is expected to hit theaters on July 3, 2015. Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman will likely reprise their roles as David Levinson the MIT computer expert and President Thomas J. Whitmore respectively.