Like a jingoistic Charles Dickens strangely concerned with punching aliens in the face, Independence Day director Roland Emmerich has recently been speaking of ID4 sequel plans past, present, and future.
Answering questions to promote the upcoming Independence Day: Resurgence, Emmerich just went on the record describing the original, abandoned sequel treatment he and co-writer Dean Devlin shortly after 9/11. With the US and much of the Western world feeling just a bit done with exploding landmarks for a while, it seems Emmerich and Devlin were hoping to do away with that central focus of the original film in favor of something new: an Independence Day about peace, where being welcomed to Earth would finally not be something done sarcastically.
The director told Empire:
"It was after 9/11 and Dean and I wanted to make the movie about peace, and it just didn't work. There's still an element of that in the new one, but that version was only about that. We shoot aliens down accidentally and then at the end of the movie they land on the White House lawn and say 'we come in peace' and that was it. It was just too weak an idea and we didn't really want to do it. It didn't have an Independence Day feel. Only the alien ship was destroyed!"
Of course, Emmerich has since revealed in his Trailers of ID4 Sequels Present that whatever "element of that [is] in the new one" is scarcely visible behind all the CGI landmarks being blown to shit.
As for the Independence Day sequel future, Emmerich noted that, yes, of course there will be more of these--assuming this latest one makes money.
"If [Resurgence is] successful enough, yes [we'll make another], because it's set up for a sequel," he said. "In 20 years? No, I wouldn't want to make it with a Zimmer frame [a walker]!"
Because that would be silly.