With the upcoming White House Down reminding Roland Emmerich just how much he likes to make the White House explode, the terrorist-director's thoughts have returned to those Independence Day sequels he's for so long promised to welcome to Earth.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, he's revealed some new details on ID Forever (parts 1 and 2), telling the magazine he's already written scripts for the two very necessary follow-ups; they're now being re-written by his White House Down scribe, who really know how to write for explosive pillar destruction. Serving as further reminders of how old you've grown since the original's opening, the films will take place about 20 years after the events of Independence Day 1996, when Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, and martyrs Randy Quaid and Laughing Skull Computer Virus fought off all the mean aliens. It seems those aliens will have quickly set off a distress call during the virus skull's chuckling, but only two decades later have reinforcements been able to respond, because wormholes.
Also, due to how aliens blew everything up, ID Forever's 2016 will apparently be quite different than our own. "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," Emmerich said of the technology Jeff Golblum plugged his Powerbook into, "but we know how to take an antigravity device and put it in a human airplane." So, cool! Planes that fly!
More detrimental to Earth's future of sassing at the aliens as they get punched in the face, Emmerich also teased a changed world in which you can pretty much count on Will Smith not showing up. "It's still some of the same characters, but also new younger characters; it's a little bit like the sons take over," the director said. And while Bill Pullman has shown some interest in pursuing another term beyond his failed NBC sitcom presidency, Smith has already made quite clear that he doesn't take an antigravity airplane backseat to anyone. Except maybe his actual son.