Considering it’s massive box office success back in ’96, it was only a matter of time before a sequel to Independence Day is made, especially since Hollywood is currently high on revisiting old properties. According to producer Dean Devlin, we don’t even have to wait long for Independence Day 2 to arrive.
“I hope so,” says Devlin of the possibility of a sequel. “I can’t say that it’s going to happen, but I can say for the first time that for the first time in eleven years, Roland Emmerich and I are working together.”
“There are a lot of moving pieces that are coming together,” he continues. “I don’t know if it will come together, but we want it to happen. This is the first time since we made the original that Roland and I are excited about doing it and feeling like we have the right idea and we have our fingers crossed.”
While the sequel to Independence Day has been rumored for a long time, Devlin states that he and Emmerich have only now come up with an idea that would do justice to the franchise.
“Over the years everyone has always asked us about it,” he says. “We never wanted to do it unless it felt germane to the story. In fact, 10 years ago I was hired to write a sequel to Independence Day and they paid me a lot of money. After I finished the script, I gave the money back and I said, ‘Don’t even read the script. The script is okay, but we can’t make an okay sequel to Independence Day. The fans deserve better than this.'”
“And I really decided then that I was never going to do a sequel. Until about a year and a half ago when Roland called me up and said, ‘Let’s try again.’ So we went out to Palm Springs and we cracked it. We said, ‘That’s a real sequel. That’s a sequel that makes sense to do. That’s a sequel that won’t disappoint the fans. That one feels like we always intended to do that in the first place.’ So I want it to happen. I don’t know if it will.”