Back in October of 2011, word was going around that a second and third edition of the 1996 classic Independence Day might be in the works, albeit possibly without Will Smith, whose demands of $50 million + parts for Jada and Willow (NO JOKE) (no Jaden?) might have proved too much for the studio. We haven’t heard much about it since, except for in our eyelash wishes and bedtime movie prayers, UNTIL TODAY! From Independence Day producer Dean Devlin and The Hollywood Reporter:
“I can tell you that Roland and I have been working together for the first time in 11 years and we’re every excited about the idea of doing it,” Devlin said during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
“Whether or not we can make this happen, if we can get all the pieces to come together, that’s gonna be challenging. But creatively, for the very first time since we did the original, I feel we have a worthy concept, a worthy path to go.”
… “I feel like we got it,” he continued. “I think it took a long time, but I feel like we finally got something that really feels like, ‘that’s worth seeing as a sequel to Independence Day.’”
…AND? What is it, you jerk! Tell us! Tell us the path you’re going! TELL US THE SEQUEL PATH OR WE WON’T BELIEVE THAT YOU’VE FIGURED OUT THE PATH! With Dean Devlin being so hush-hush about the concept for Independence Day 2: Independence Days, it looks like we are forced (FORCED) to come up with our own ideas about what it may be. I’ll start.
- The aliens are back and Will Smith (or whoever else) is like, “AW, HELL NAW” because he was one week away from retirement. They tell him that he can still retire and they’ll just get someone else to fight the aliens, but then he’s like, “NO. This is between me and the aliens.” He doesn’t even take a second to think about maybe going ahead and retiring, he’s just like, “No.”
- The aliens come back dressed as humans and their plan to conquer Earth is to spread a deadly virus. The plot serves as commentary on the current health care struggle in the US. (Also AIDS.) Will Smith (or whoever) gets the virus and, something something, saves the planet and dies? The question mark is there not because I am unsure about his outcome (he lives), but because it sets up Independence Day 3.
- Willow and Jada are Will Smith’s wife and daughter, but at the end of the movie they turn to the camera and it’s like Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video, except they’re aliens. The rest of the movie is just about Will Smith going about his life in the Marine Corps.
- Aliens have come to Earth, but are the really aliens or are they angels sent from God in order to make us realize our wrongs and get our souls in order before being taken to Heaven (or sent to Hell)?
- “Aliens” are sent to “our planet” except you slowly realize that WE are actually the aliens and WE have invaded THEIR PLANET and they’re just trying to stick up for themselves and take it back. It is social commentary in a lot of different ways.
Or maybe it won’t even be any of those! What do you think? Huh? Independence Day 2?