[dropcap size=small]T[/dropcap]he long awaited Independence Day sequel has just received the green light from Twentieth Century Fox, which sets the film up for its original June 24th, 2016 release date. The original Independence Day film was released on July 3rd, 1996, almost 20 years ago to the day. Papers are being finalized with Roland Emmerich, but production is rumored to begin this coming May. As previously reported, Will Smith will not be reprising his role as Captain Steven Hiller. However, similar, if not the same, characters (minus Steven Hiller) are expected to make a return. Sources state that Will Smith is not only too expensive, but his recent Men In Black III performance was pretty lackluster. Do we really want him back?
The studio previously talked of shooting two movies, back-to-back, and releasing two sequels to the franchise. However, that is no longer the case. If the second film holds its own, there will most likely be a third. With Emmerich’s over-saturated end-of-the-world genre, it’s a safer bet to do it one movie at a time. The casting hasn’t been done yet so, currently, the only reason to get excited over this movie is the nostalgic feeling given from the first film.
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