Director Finally Admits INDEPENDENCE DAY 2 Wasn’t Such a Good Idea
Roland Emmerich is best known as the director of Independence Day and that one Godzilla movie starring Ferris Bueller. And today Emmerich finally admitted to our buddies over at Yahoo! that maybe his ID4 sequel Independence Day: Resurgence wasn’t such a hot idea in the first place.
Emmerich admits: “Well, that was a little bit more complicated because I just wanted to make a movie exactly like the first, but then in the middle of production Will (Smith) opted out because he wanted to do Suicide Squad.”
He adds: “I should have stopped because we had a much better script. After I had to, really fast, cobble another script together. And I should have just said “no,” because all of a sudden I was making something I criticized myself, a sequel.“
Independence Day: Resurgence began as the Fourth of July nears, a satellite engineer David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) investigates a 3,000-mile-wide mother ship that’s approaching Earth. Fortunately, 20 years earlier, nations across the world started to use recovered extraterrestrial technology to develop an immense defense program. When the alien invaders attack with unprecedented force, the U.S. president, teams of scientists and brave fighter pilots spring into action to save the planet from a seemingly invincible enemy.
Roland Emmerich directed Independence Day: Resurgence from a screenplay (hastily rewritten) by Emmerich along with Dean Devlin, Nicolas Wright, James A. Woods, and James Vanderbilt from a story by Devlin, Emmerich, Wright, and Woods based on characters created by Devlin and Emmerich. Whew. Devlin and Emmerich produced along with Harald Kloser. Instead of Will Smith, it starred Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Maika Monroe, Jessie T. Usher, William Fichtner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Brent Spiner, Travis Tope, and Sela Ward. 20th Century Fox released it back on June 24, 2016.