27/10/2011. Contributed by Jessica Martin
Independence Day sequels are like buses, it seems. You wait fifteen years for one, then two come along together. Shakespeare it isn't - but fun, it should be.
Yep, the still mega-popular Will Smith is said to be asking for $50 million a film to reprise his role, so what's Roland Emmerich to do? Ah, an idea comes to mind. Let's film those puppies back to back, double down, and launch not one sequel to Independence Day, but two!
Well, it worked for the last two Back to the Future flicks.
Dean Devlin will be putting the final polish to the script(s) this Christmas, and my Hollywood source tells us that in the sequels, the US and their allies have reverse-engineered the aliens' tech from the original film.
So, when a new even more deadly threat turns up (yes, ET has friends, and they're pissed), Will's character - Captain Steven Hiller - has realised his NASA dreams and is now flying some really mean air-space tech from a very cool, tooled-up, heavily fortified base on the moon.
The first movie has the super-advanced Earth defence corps repelling the new invasion. The second has humanity taking the fight to the stars. The President's daughter is now a fighter jock herself, and needs the calming hand of Captain Hiller to teach her caution.
Does that sound like an excuse to blow even more stuff up? Yes please! Let's hope that Bill Pullman can act a little more Presidential and a little less Torchwood creepy once more.
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