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October 12, 2009 - Independence Day 2 / the latest

Scooped on Friday, December 25, 2009

During the promotion for his new disaster movie 2012 director Roland Emmerich was asked by Latino Review's Kellvin Chavez just what the status was on the Independence Day sequel that's been trapped in development hell. Emmerich confirmed that he and producer Dean Devlin have developed a "great story, a very cool one," but that the delay has come from the movie studio, 20th Century Fox, working out if they could afford to make a follow-up that brought back Will Smith's character.

"Dean Devlin and I are still set to make a sequel likely because we've found some sort of idea and we approached FOX and FOX has not quite figured out how to incorporate Dean’s and my deal, and Will’s (Smith) deal," Emmerich explained. "Will wants to do it in some sort of a package they can live with.  So it's just been in negations now since forever, and naturally FOX says 'Why don’t you do it without Will Smith?' I said Will is essential for us, for this movie and actually for the audience too. And, so, it's in limbo and lately the studios are fighting. Like gross players, and Will is a gross player and is probably the only gross player right now who’s worth his gross. So we’ll see what happens. I would love to do it."
 

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