Major details of the upcoming "Independence Day" sequels have been revealed by Roland Emmerich, the director of the first movie. In a chat with Entertainment Weekly, the filmmaker spills there will be two sequels coming out. Tentatively titled "ID Forever Part 1" and "ID Forever Part 2", they are set to take place 20 years after the 1996 blockbuster.
When the aliens were defeated in the first movie, a distress call was sent to bring reinforcements to Earth. "The humans knew that one day the aliens would come back," Emmerich explains. "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."
Focusing on a new generation of human heroes, the films will feature a mixture of new and old faces. Bill Pullman, who played President Thomas J. Whitmore in the first film, will make an appearance. The original male lead Will Smith hasn't been confirmed just yet, but his on-screen stepson, who was previously portrayed by Ross Bagley, will be brought back as well.
"It's still some of the same characters, but also new younger characters; it's a little bit like the sons take over," Emmerich elaborates. "The first one ends on a little success, but only enough to give the humans hope. And then in the second one they free themselves again [from the aliens]."
There's not much left after the mass destruction on the first movie, but Emmerich assures, "We've rebuilt," before adding, "It's a changed world. It's like parallel history. [Humans] have harnessed all this alien technology. We don't know how to duplicate it because it's organically-grown technology, but we know how to take an antigravity device and put it in a human airplane." He continues, "But [the aliens] also do different things."
The director has penned two scripts for the new movies with Dean Devlin, the producer and co-writer of the first film. "Robocop" and "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" scribe James Vanderbilt is hired to do a rewrite.