Will Smith has already expressed his lack of interest to sign-up for the “Independence Day” sequels, but previous reports confirmed that Bill Pullman (President Thomas J. Whitmore) and Jeff Goldblum (David Levinson the MIT computer expert) will definitely be back to reprise their respective roles. Goldblum recently sat down with TIME in an interview when he mentioned his plans for the upcoming sequel:
“I had a meeting and have been talking over the last several months or year with Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, the producer,” “and they’ve been cooking up and say they have a part for me in what they hope will be a plan to make another one pretty soon.”
Backing up his statement that we can expect something soon, he added:
“But yeah, they’re still talking about it and I’ve heard recent rumblings here and there about it, and ‘Oh, there’s a scripting coming in’ – maybe last weekend there was a script handed in, so it’s brewing.”
Reports earlier this year claimed that Smith was considered to be the center of the franchise with the studio hoping that he will reprise his role as Captain Steven Hiller. After attempts failed to get the “Bad Boys” actor back, the studio has apparently looked at different avenues to continue the story. Emmerich said in an interview back in October last year that two scripts are available for the film. One of the scripts sees Will Smith reprising his role and the other doesn’t. 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. Discussions for Smith returning were halted In October 2011 due to Fox’s refusal to provide the $50 million salary demanded by Smith.
The ‘Independence Day’ Sequel’ was initially planned to be released on July 3, 2015. The release date will jump a year to make its way out on July 1, 2016.