Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day with Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch, Randy Quaid, and Vivica A. Fox was almost called … Doomsday?
Yep. That’s what Bill Pullman says.
He tells CinemaBlend: “Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich were in contention right then with Fox about the title. I think it was gonna be Doomsday. It’s what Fox wanted, and it was a title that was typical of the time [for a] disaster movie.”
He adds: “Well, I’ve had that happen on a couple of movies, and I’ve had to live with it, you know. There’s a movie that I’ve always loved, that I was a part of, a Roger Corman movie. Originally, it was called Paranoia … I thought it was such a great title, and we had the by-line! There was a Confucius saying, “Paranoia is total awareness”. And I thought, “That’s a good title!”, and then he changed it to Brain Dead. The opposite of Paranoia. But it lives on as Brain Dead.”
In the epic adventure film Independence Day, strange phenomena surface around the globe. The skies ignite. Terror races through the world’s major cities. As these extraordinary events unfold, it becomes increasingly clear that a force of incredible magnitude has arrived. Its mission: total annihilation over the Fourth of July weekend. The last hope to stop the destruction is an unlikely group of people united by fate and unimaginable circumstances.
Rated PG-13 for sci-fi destruction and violence, it sports a 65% on Rotten Tomatoes with this Critics Consensus: The plot is thin and so is character development, but as a thrilling, spectacle-filled summer movie, Independence Day delivers.