For those of you wondering what's been going on with those Independence Day sequels we've been hearing about, Bill Pullman comes to the rescue with an update for us! In a recent interview with Crave Online to talk about his new series 1600 Penn, he was asked about the status of the two sequels being developed by director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin.
Within a year, yeah, something like that I guess. I worried about taking this part because it’s heating up. I thought, ‘I don’t know if I should do the comedy’ and I talked to Dean [Devlin] and Roland [Emmerich] and they said, “No, do it. We’ll work around it. If it goes, we’ll work around it.”
So it looks like they could actually start shooting in a year or so. He goes on to talk about Will Smith, explaining that if he doesn't end up coming back for the sequels there's a back-up plan.
The Will Smith part of it may be ongoing but I think there’s strategies for both. I like what I have to do in both of them. I’m not in an old age home in a wheelchair being wheeled out for one more moment. It’s a very interesting conception of what happens to Whitmore between then and when it picks back up.
Now even though the project is being developed it doesn't mean the sequels are going to get made. Pullman relizes this and says,
Nobody’s holding their breath because it’s been continually plagued.
Emmerich previously revealed that the titles of the next two films would be ID Forever - Part 1 and ID Forever - Part 2. As a fan of the original movie, I'm actually kind of excited for these new fims, and I hope they end up getting made.