Roland Emmerich Has Big Immediate Plans For 'Independence Day 3'

Roland Emmerich Has Big Immediate Plans For 'Independence Day 3'

Jun 27, 2016

If you're one of the minority of Americans who saw Independence Day: Resurgence over the weekend, you know where a third installment in the series would go. It's pretty literally stated at the end of the movie. But due to the disappointing domestic box office for the first sequel, it's up in the air whether we'll see another.

Personally, I enjoyed Resurgence for what it is and would follow the franchise further out of its disaster flick roots and more into interstellar sci-fi territory, so I remain hopeful about this confirmation via Empire magazine of where director Roland Emmerich wants to go with Independence Day 3:

"The next one will be an intergalactic journey,” Emmerich tells Empire. "It'll be [set] maybe a year or two later, not 20 years [on]. I want to maintain this group of people, especially the young characters, and Jeff [Goldblum] and Brent [Spiner] will take part in it. It'll be fun to keep that group together.” Would this famously sequel-shy filmmaker hand the reins to another director? Not likely. "Will I definitely direct it? Oh yes. I'd never, ever let someone else do it."

Resurgence has made a lot more money overseas, but we'll have to see if it's enough for Fox to continue, and even then with Emmerich still in charge of it. The sequel also opened in China over the weekend, and the market there was especially courted through the casting of one actress. Sadly, it didn't top the charts in that country, either, earning less than Now You See Me 2.

For those who have seen the movie or don't mind the end being ruined, here's what we could expect from a potentially neatly wrapped trilogy closer (SPOILERS):

Earth successfully thwarts another invasion from the evil insectoid aliens, who this time are focused mainly on mining the planet's core. Along the way, another alien race is introduced -- well, the disembodied consciousness of the lone survivor of that race -- and she wants Earth to help lead other species in the galaxy in a war against those bad aliens. So that's the next step.

If Emmerich wants to see this thing set pretty much immediately, compared to the 20-year wait between the first and second movies, then we'll have to hear about it soon. Previously, you may recall, Fox had actually planned for two Independence Day sequels as a two-parter called ID Forever - Part One and ID Forever - Part Two.

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