20th Century Fox have reportedly finally given a thumbs up to move forward with a sequel to ‘Independence Day’ with a view to releasing it in the summer of 2016.
A sequel for ‘Independence Day’ has been discussed for quite some time, but things only really started to move forward with it late last year when writers Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin announced their plans.
The two writers have been working on a script for this sequel for years, but recently all indications have been pointing to 2016 release date for the film.
Fox reached a decision this week to begin production in May for a June 24, 2016 cinema release date, according to Deadline.
Emmerich and Devlin wrote a draft for a single sequel with Carter Blanchard, but it has been reported that there will be two sequels, which would be filming back to back.
Original ‘Independence Day’ star Will Smith will not return as marine pilot Steven Hiller, but Jeff Goldblum has revealed that he’s been approached to reprise his role as computer expert David Levinson.
“I had a meeting and have been talking over the last several months or year with Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, the producer,” Goldblum said in October. “They’ve been cooking up and say they have a part for me in what they hope will be a plan to make another one pretty soon.”
Independence Day 2‘s 2016 release date will coincide with the 20th anniversary of the franchise. The original film grossed over $800 million upon its release in 1996.