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No Will Smith Independence Day Sequel

A Big Loss?

By Robert T. Trate     February 08, 2014

Independence Day 2 arrives July 1st 2016

Depending on your level of Independence Day fandom or faith in Will Smith’s star power, the following news could be good or bad. Mike Flemming Jr. of is reporting, from a reliable source, that Will Smith will not be joining the long awaited sequel. “Smith informed the studio that he won’t be joining in on a sequel that the filmmakers hope to have in theaters for July 4 weekend, 2016”.

The sequel, ID Forever Part 1, will be released on the twentieth anniversary of the original film (July 1st, 2016). Does this mean a sequel won’t happen? Flemming doesn’t believe so. In fact he is reporting that Dean Devlin and screenwriter James Vanderbilt (Amazing Spider-Man) had two separate stories in mind, in case Smith declined the offer. 

What do think Maniacs? Can an ID4 sequel survive without Will Smith’s Captain Steven Hiller? What about Bill Pullman’s President Whitmore or Jeff Goldblum’s David Levinson? Sound off below!

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hanso 2/8/2014 10:10:08 AM

LOL @ your question Trate.  Ain't nobody going to see a movie cause Bill Pullman or Jeff Goldblum are popping up in them, specially now that they most be like 60 yrs old.  If Bill Pullman didn't show up in 1600 Penn ads while I'm watching TV, I would've thought he was dead.  Goldblum I have no idea where he's at, last I seen of him was in the Robin Williams president movie like 6 yrs ago.  I take it he's not dead based on your question.

Anyway Trate, the answer to your question "Can ID4 sequel survivie without Pullman and Goldblum" is most definitely yes.

Would've liked to have seen Smith though, he's passing on MiB 4 too which I was hoping he'd do.

hanso 2/8/2014 10:13:29 AM

I'll probably wait for video on this regardless who it stars.  I dont think I've seen a Roland Emmerich movie at the theatre since Day After Tomorrow.

freestrike 2/8/2014 12:12:52 PM

Bill Pullman was the greatest fictional President of all time until he did that stupid sitcom.  I'm still looking forward to seeing him back.  Will Smith would of been nice but no great loss.  "Part 1"? Are they doing 2 sequels back to back?

InnerSanctum 2/8/2014 5:10:51 PM

 Goldblum has been starring in one of those cop shows on TV.  Never watched it.  

Wiseguy 2/8/2014 8:03:45 PM

I've never seen the original in its entirety and for some reason still don't feel like making the effort unless I happen upon it at the right time

thezillaman 2/8/2014 8:28:19 PM

 The first one was good for the time it came out in now almost 20 years latter finally getting this rolling again hellllllll yessss. Oh and who gives a shit if will s.hit is or isn't in it...

Modo 2/8/2014 10:50:42 PM

No Will Smith in ID the Sequel...Meh.  If he's in ID 4...still meh.  Liked the first one, don't need another.  ID was Roland Emmerich's best film, IMO - both the Patriot and Day After Tomorrow weren't bad, but very shallow on the historical & scientific credibility aspects. They are all only "see-once, don't-need-to-see-again" films.  Godzilla was just flat out hideous. 10,000 BC did nothing for me either.  I will likely forget all about this sequel unless Mania keeps updating it...

chrismidkiff 2/9/2014 7:09:46 AM

With the mess that was AFTEREARTH, can Mr. Will Smith afford to pass up ID4.

blankczech 2/9/2014 11:37:13 AM

 Yes...Will Smith can afford to pass up ID Forever Part 1.   In fact Will Smith (whom Newsweek called the most powerful man in Hollywood in 2007) never has to act in another movie and he'll do just fine. I think he's too young (45)  to stop working all together but at this point in his life Smith can be very picky about what he gets involved in. He could be like Jack Nicholson and just sit in the stands at NBA games if he wanted to.  

I think the saturation point for Alien Invasion Movies is about  4 to 6 per year (taking into consideration the fact that the old Sci-Fi theme also creeps into some of the Comic Book flicks...depending on whether they choose to go Alien or Mad Man / Mad Scientist -villains) so I expect there's still time & room to slip an ID sequel into the 2016 slate.


mellowdoux 2/10/2014 10:04:30 AM

 I'm much more intrigued to see Goldblum and Pullman back than Will Smith.
Don't get me wrong, I loved Smith in the original, but... This flick will do just fine without him.



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