Producer Dean Devlin Talks INDEPENDENCE DAY 2

By AMC July 27, 2012

It's been 16 years since director Roland Emmerich joined forces with Will Smith for the box-office phenomena "Independence Day". Fans of the film can look forward to a 3D re-release beginning on July 3, 2013, but many have been hoping for a return to the franchise in the form of a sequel.

Coming Soon had the opportunity to speak with producer Dean Devlin on the red carpet for the Saturn Awards this evening where they were able to secure a few tidbits about the possibility of an "Independence Day 2".

"I hope so," Devlin said when asked if he and Emmerich had plans to move forward with a follow-up to the hit action film. "I can't say that it's going to happen, but I can say for the first time that for the first time in eleven years, Roland Emmerich are working together. There are a lot of moving pieces that are coming together. I don't know if it will come together, but we want it to happen. This is the first time since we made the originals that Roland and I are excited about doing it and feeling like we have the right idea and we have our fingers crossed."

"We felt enormous pressure," he reflected. "Over the years everyone has always asked us about it. We never wanted to do it unless it felt germane to the story. In fact, ten years ago I was hired to write a sequel to 'Independence Day' and they paid me a lot of money. After I finished the script, I gave the money back and I said, 'Don't even read the script. The script is okay, but we can't make an okay sequel to 'Independence Day.'' This is what gave me a career. The fans deserve better than this. And I really decided then that I was never going to do a sequel. Until about a year and a half ago when Roland called me up and said, 'Let's try again.' So we went out to Palm Springs and we cracked it. We said, 'That's a real sequel. That's a sequel that makes sense to do. That's a sequel that won't disappoint the fans. That one feels like we always intended to do that in the first place.' So I want it to happen. I don't know if it will."

We will keep you updated if and when new details on the project emerge.

Source: Coming Soon

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