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April 16, 1997 - Independence Day 2 / exclusive scoop about sequel storyline - ID4EVER

Scooped on Friday, December 25, 2009

A reliable source has told Coming Attractions of a possible new storyline developing for an ID4 sequel. It should be stressed that this is only a possible storyline being discussed by the film's creators and may not be developed.

According to the source, the sequel would begin with the humans finding out that a emergency distress beacon was broadcast from the aliens moments before their destruction. The signal will undoubtedly reach the remainder of their race. Scientists guess that any follow-up attack will take five years to arrive.

In the subsequent five years Earth rebuilds from the rubble and backengineers the alien technology. This new technology picks up signals coming from deep space - a larger strike force is heading towards Earth, intent upon revenge.

As early in development as it is now, only two characters would return in the sequel. The President would begin to suffer and mentally deteriorate as a side-effect of the alien mind-meld he experienced in Area 51. Also returning would be Randy Quaid's son (portayed by Jimmy Duvall), this time as pilot of the new hybrid of human-alien combat craft in the military.

For five years the Earth prepares a strike force to repulse the second wave. When the moment arrives, the new alien vessel that enters the solar system is even more massive and powerful than the last one - and they're prepared. Earth forces lose their battle in space. The giant ship arrives near Earth and then begins dispatching millions of troops across the world - forcing a land battle.

That's all supposed to be in the first hour of screen time.

Plans are for Dean Devlin to begin writing the sequel after his work on Godzilla is complete. Roland Emmerich should also return as a collaborator. The word is this is to be a Summer 1999 release, either in direct competition of the new Star Wars feature or as a one-two punch for Fox at theaters, depending upon if the studio gets the distribution rights to Lucas' prequels.

The anonymous source is known to us and has been reliable in the past, but again we wish to stress that this is an idea being kicked around right now. It could change or be replaced by another, depending upon a wide variety of factors: involvement with key actors, for example. But you've been warned: plans are already afoot. The title they've playing around with? ID4EVER.

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