It is Official! ‘Independence Day’ is getting a sequel in 2016.

By Sarah Jayne Alexander.


YES! You read that right, after many years of maybe’s, it has finally been announced via Deadline on the eve of another big American holiday that Roland Emmerich’s cult sci-fi disaster epic Independence Day is finally getting its long awaited sequel.

Why now you might ask. Well, it comes at the end of a week-long bombardment of online trailer releases for other huge sci-fi classics such as Jurassic World, Star Wars VII and newcomer Insurgent all dropping their latest offerings to overjoyed fans up to a year before they are actually being released. Not one to miss out on an opportunity, studio giants Fox have rounded up the final week of November after releasing a few of their own news leaks (X-men:Apocalypse) with confirmation that the aliens we thought Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum had taken out 18 years ago have in-fact recovered from their cold and are coming back for round 2.

An Independence Day sequel has been in the works for years due to ongoing issues with writers and viable storylines (again, we thought they had been defeated when the cigars came out) but the studio recently moved the initial release from July 1 to June 24, 2016 on their IMDB page – spookily almost exactly 20 years after the original – released on July 3rd 1996 hinting things had finally been resolved and were ready to go into production. The delay has nothing to do with concerns over success either. Amazingly, Independence Day grossed over $817.4 million worldwide at the box office making it one of the biggest film releases of all time. You could buy a lot of cigars with that…

The picture reported to start shooting next May, does not yet have a confirmed director although Fox are looking to sign a new deal with Roland Emmerich and it has been stated long before this news broke that Will Smith will not be reprising his role as Captain Steve Hiller. There is no word yet on fellow cast members Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman returning but it is safe to say he would no longer be living in the White House. A return might see President Thomas Whitmore being requested as the go-to for suggestions on how to come out on top or to act as chief speech giver.

In an interview Emmerich gave in 2013 regarding the sequel or multiple sequels he stated that “The humans knew that one day the aliens would come back 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.” Does that mean that we are looking at a similar time frame to Jurassic World which is set 22 years after the initial film was released? It would make for better/more believable viewing and at least give the sequel a solid foundation on which to build from.

Independence Day is a film you can watch over and over again without ever getting bored of the characters, the aliens, the storyline, regardless of knowing what the outcome will be. Generations since still watch it and it is always well received when it appears in the TV listings the first week of every July. How do you feel about a sequel? Has enough time elapsed for it to be acceptable to fight those pesky aliens and reclaim our planet once again? Let us know your thoughts!

This is a developing story and we will keep you updated as information becomes available.

Independence Day 2 (currently untitled) is set for release in June 2016 via 20th Century Fox.