You'd think the aliens would eventually realize that there's nothing all that special about Earth. We've depleted most of our resources and humans don't even taste that good. But still, time and again, the aliens float down in their fleets of gunmetal crumpets so they can try to invade and kill all the humans; and time and again we humans have to lace up our special alien head-punching gloves and send them whimpering their butt-cleft faces back home to spacemom. Frankly, it's getting kind of embarrassing.
This is all to say that there's probably going to be an Independence Day sequel coming out in the next few years.
Writer/producer Dean Devlin (who most recently served as EP on the buddy grifter cable series Leverage, but most importantly produced our favoritest ass-kicking Revolutionary War flick, The Patriot) announced in an interview last week that he and director Roland Emmerich have finally come up with "a worthy concept, a worthy path to go" for their long-awaited Aliens&'Splosions sequel.
While this is geektacular news to be sure, the timing does seem a little strange. It's been 16 years since the original Independence Day came out, and since then the careers of Devlin, Emmerich, and especially lead actor Will Smith (a consummate alien puncher) have gone extraterrestrial. Devlin asserts that it took so long to get this sequel in the works because he and Emmerich wanted to ensure their output "felt like an organic sequel as opposed to ‘let’s just go make some more money,'" which is an admirable sentiment amid the height of Reboot Fever. But so far no actors are attached to the film, and Will Smith's schedule looks a bit bloated with five announced projects including…*shudder*…Hancock 2. Time will tell who the new face of our patriotic/planetary salvation is. We're hoping it's this one.
In other geek flick news, Devlin also expressed interest in following up his 1994 producing debut Stargate with a second and third installment. "We always intended on doing part two and three, and we were prevented for years," Devlin said. "Our hope is that we can get another chance…and tell the entire story we wanted to tell."
We always assumed that the 10-season SG-1 franchise kind of served that purpose…but, hey! As Copernicus probably used to say, "The more high-budget hypothetical galactic exploration the better."
Who do you want to see punching space-face in the new Independence Day? Would you be stoked for a new Stargate?