Will Smith is ready to make Independence Day 2 and 3, back to back? Roland Emmerich always wanted to make an additional two films, with a connecting story arc. And now it sounds like Smith is on board.
IESB is reporting that Fox is ready and willing to bring back the Independence Day franchise:
IESB has received a tip that Will Smith is now locked for not only Independence Day 2, but also a third installment. The plan would be to shoot both films back-to-back. Whether the studio opts to go the Matrix route and release the two films six months apart or do like the Pirates of the Caribbean sequels and split them by a year remains to be seen. According to our sources, if all goes according to plan, the sequel(s) could shoot as early as 2011.
This would be Emmerich's next directorial endeavor after his William Shakespeare thriller Anonymous. This would also come after Will Smith's next (which will be either The City That Sailed or Men in Black 3). So this wouldn't interfere with those projects.
Does anyone out there really want more Independence Days? We're much more keen on seeing Marc Guggenhiem's Resurrection comic get made into the Universal picture we were promised. Now that's an "alien invasion aftermath" movie we could get invested in.