Ever since the official announcement by Roland Emmerich that there would be a sequel to Independence Day, a movie almost 20 years old, the project has been plagued with set-backs.
Primarily the biggest hurdle for the sequel to overcome was the confirmation that Will Smith would not be reprising his role as Captain Steven Hiller. Now it seems the movie is forging ahead without the film’s main character with a brand new plot which will pick up in the present day nearly 20 years after the events of the original movie, where humans on planet earth have been getting to grips with the alien technology they captured.
Explaining in a recent interview Emmerich said:
“The humans knew that one day the aliens would come back. And they know that the only way you can really travel in space is through wormholes. So for the aliens, it could take two or three weeks, but for us that’s 20 or 25 years. It’s a changed world. It’s like parallel history. [Humans] have harnessed all this alien technology. We don’t know how to duplicate it because it’s organically-grown technology, but we know how to take an antigravity device and put it in a human airplane.”
With Smith noticeably absent Emmerich revealed that the movie will be following the tribulations of a younger set of characters with the return of Bill Pullman, leading the way as President Thomas J. Whitmore assisted once more by Jeff Goldblum as tech whizz Dave Levinson. The plan is for the sequel to be split into two parts titled Independence Day Forever I & II, but the future of the possible trilogy will hinge heavily on box office receipts from part one.