April 1, 2013
Independence Day 2 And 3 Detailed
Oh yes indeed, the successive sequels to the 1996 classic have been detailed by their executive producer, Roland Emmerich, who was responsible for producing the original in the mid-nineties. Emmerich is known for his work with shock factor science fiction films such as Eight Legged Freaks, The Day After Tomorrow, Independence Day (as aforementioned), 2012, and even 10,000 B.C.
The sequel will be called Independence Day: Forever.
More importantly, Emmerich likes to concentrate on the traditional atmosphere of invading aliens that originated in the 50’s. Emmerich usually highlights aliens as evil creatures with no ulterior motives other than to kill all humans, despite having technology that predates our own by what I’m guessing is thousands of years. Not only this, but consumption of entire populations of species is all that they know.
What is the motive?
In the first film, The President (whom I’ve forgotten now) manages to make physical contact with an alien and what ensues is what we interpret as a “Vision.” I mean, seriously. These aliens discovered space travel as well as wormhole jumping, but they can’t find a way to construct renewable resources for consumption by their people?
This vision that The President manages to see is a premonition of the future Earth; a wasteland that has seen all human and non-human life destroyed as all major resources have been drained. They then plan to move on to the next planet and suck another species dry.
Let’s avoid the sucking up scenario and get to the point; an extremely terrible science fiction movie that garnered a lot of support and popularity because of its inclusion of Will Smith (who was pretty much Jesus in the 90’s). The popularity of that movie has drifted on the tongues of action buffs and Will Smith fans for almost twenty years in hopes that a sequel could possibly be forthcoming. The problem here isn’t money, or even a willingness to perform.
Instead the problem is that it was a terrible movie.
Emmerich continuously persists with the premise of the sequel to be on the aliens answering a distress call that took almost twenty years for them to receive and respond. He also states that, “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.” The idea sounds decent, and could make for a very interesting re-visiting of an alien species, but it might be better to just let sleeping dogs lie in slumber.
Will Smith has not been rumored to make a return in the sequel, and probably never would, considering his arrogance these days.
No release date has been given, but that shouldn’t stop you from telling me how you feel about this in the comments section below.
Image Credit: Twentieth Century Fox