'Independence Day' sequel pushed to 2016

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Fans will have to wait an extra year for part one of another alien showdown.

Independence Day sequel ID Forever Part 1 has been pushed back to July 1, 2016, EW has confirmed. It was originally scheduled to be released July 3, 2015.

The films take place 20 years after the 1996 blockbuster, when a distress call sent by the first wave of aliens finally brings reinforcements to Earth. “The humans knew that one day the aliens would come back,” Emmerich, who completed two scripts with Independence Day co-writer Dean Devlin and has given them to White House Down writer-producer James Vanderbilt for a rewrite, previously told EW. “And they know that the only way you can really travel in space is through wormholes. So for the aliens, it could take two or three weeks, but for us that’s 20 or 25 years.”

Emmerich has hinted that Will Smith won’t reprise his turn as Steven Hiller. Most recently, there were rumors of Michael B. Jordan circling the (different) leading role.

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