Back in 1996, Will Smith launched onto the A-list after playing alien-slugging pilot Steven Hiller in Independence Day — and he’s stayed there ever since, reigning for nearly 20 years as one of Hollywood’s most respected and bankable stars. So now that two new Independence Day movies are in the works, fans are asking the obvious question: Is Smith coming back for the sequels?
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It’s been almost almost 17 years since aliens destroyed the White House and the Empire State Building in Roland Emmerich’s 1996 blockbuster Independence Day. But the world’s monuments aren’t safe yet. Emmerich, whose action-packed White House Down hits theaters June 28, says he plans to wreak a new round of havoc in two sequels – ID Forever Part 1 and ID Forever Part II. The films take place 20 years after the original, 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,” explains the director, 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. ”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.” READ FULL STORY »
One of the biggest surprises at Comic-Con earlier this month was Legendary Pictures’ splashy debut of its reboot of the Godzilla franchise, complete with a jaw-dropping concept reel and the introduction of the film’s director, Gareth Edwards. The British filmmaker, whose only previous feature directing credit is the indie thriller Monsters, wasted no time making clear his film would not be a retread of the 1998 big-budget remake of Godzilla. That movie, from writer-producer Dean Devlin and writer-director Roland Emmerich, was widely derided for being too silly and cheesy. “We’re going to take it seriously,” Edwards told the Comic-Con crowd of his version of the Japanese monster movie staple. “It’s very grounded [and] realistic.”
When EW caught up with Devlin at the Saturn Awards on Thursday night, we asked him what his thoughts were when he heard about Legendary’s new take on the venerable fire-breathing, city-demolishing giant lizard. READ FULL STORY »
Further confounding the Mayan calendar, the Robopocalypse has been postponed another year until summer 2014.
Steven Spielberg’s film about the epic collapse of our civilization at the mechanical hands of soulless automatons was originally due July 3, 2013, but 20th Century Fox (which is co-financing the film with DreamWorks, and Disney’s Touchstone distributing) announced today the movie has been shifted to April 25, 2014.
That will give Spielberg and Co. more time to develop the project, and hopefully persuade his Lincoln star Daniel Day-Lewis to cameo as a bloodthirsty, killer version of Disneyland’s “Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln” animatronic attraction. (Hey, we can dream.)
Disney announced soon after that Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer’s The Lone Ranger would move back about two months from May 13, 2013 into the July 3 spot vacated by Robopocalypse, while Thor 2 inched forward from Nov. 15 to Nov. 8.
Fox also announced that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, a sequel to last summer’s acclaimed hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes, will debut roughly a month later on May 23, 2014, evolving just in time for Memorial Day weekend. And the studio laid out dates for a new X-Men prequel sequel, and a re-release of 1996′s Independence Day in 3-D. READ FULL STORY »
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