We reported a couple of months ago that director Roland Emmerich said that Will Smith would not be returning for his "Independence Day" sequel, titled "ID Forever Part 1". Of course fans were disappointed that Big Willy wouldn't be back for the sequel of a film that helped make him as wildly popular as he is today.
On why Smith wouldn't be present, Emmerich stated, "Will Smith can not come back because he's too expensive, but he'd also be too much of a marquee name. It would be too much." He hinted however that the return of Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum was very likely and that of course is great news indeed.
Now it appears that Emmerich may retract his previous statement, and that Smith's potential involvement is indeed a possibility. Emmerich stated, "I sometimes say no, Will Smith will not be in it because he didn't want to do it at first. Now we have a meeting planned, we want to talk about it again. Anything can happen."
Of course when Smith wasn't interested, Emmerich didn't want him. But now susddely the tides have shifted and the man is apparently welcoming Smith back with open arms. Regardless of reports we've heard of Smith being too greedy with paycheck demands, he's a classy guy and a great and charismatic actor. I would really like to see the whole gang back together again, so it feels like a real sequel and continuation of the story we originally loved so much.
The timeline of the production also appears to be in a state of flux. According to Emmerich, "It is changing every month, because putting together a sequel of this magnitude is an enormous undertaking. I am sure we will make it, either for 2015, or 16. Right now, as it looks...Probably 16."
It sounds like you have plenty of time to make this decision Smith, so do your thing.
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