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?

Comments (42)
  1. “Helllllo Boyyyyyyys…I’m Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack”


  2. The aliens arrive and Jeff Goldblum spends a lot of time trying to convince everyone that it’ll be just like last time but no one believes him so he tracks down Will Smith (who ALREADY retired!) and he’s like “We have to fight them again” but Will says “I don’t fight aliens anymore” or something cool. Anyway, spoiler, Bill Pullman saves the day.

  3. The first one had a “plot”?

  4. Just like Independence Day but in 3D.

  5. The aliens come back but still haven’t upgraded to a newer version of Mac OS, and due to unexpected issues with backward compatibility Jeff Goldblum isn’t able to hack their system so the aliens win and they enslave the human race to serve cocktails thoughout the galaxy which doesn’t sound that bad until you realize that aliens drink really disgusting cocktails to the point that you find yourself wishing they were made with soylent green because drinks made from people would still be more appealing than this stuff.

  6. Remember when it was a big deal that Morgan Freeman played a black President in Deep Impact? It’ll be like that, except that Matthew Fox will be playing a gay President, and nobody will ever even realize that he was gay, because his love life is unimportant to the plot of the movie and so it never gets mentioned.

  7. This time there are no aliens, just mutants from the sewers.

  8. The aliens are building an intergalactic expressway and need to demolish earth. The only survivors are a plucky lady named Tricia McMillan, an English everyman named Arthur Dent, and two lab mice. Hijinks ensue.

  9. WHOA. I JUST this minute realized that Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith named their children after themselves. I thought they were just stupid names, but it turns out they’re really stupid names!

  10. And here I thought that “Valentine’s Day” and “New Years Eve” WERE the sequels.

  11. how will Bill Pullman be involved? is he like the leader of what’s left of the world? do you think the United States would lift term limits in the event of an alien attack? I think if they saw Bill Pullman’s speech in the first one they would. What I’m saying is, we should nominate Bill Pullman to run for president as his fictional self in Independence Day.

  12. Indepence Day 2: Will Smith comes out and is finally FREE, but not from aliens, from secrets.

  13. Will Smith has to go back in time to save Jeff Goldblum from the aliens so that he can still save the day in the first movie.

    If Will Smith refuses to be involved I know where we can get some “stock” footage that will pretty much take care of his part. Will Smith’s character likes wearing sunglasses, right?

  14. It will be just like True Blood, so there won’t only be an alien invasion, but the humans will also have to deal with vampires, witches, fairies, werewolves, and werepanthers.

  15. Its that scene in Austin Powers 2 where he asks the president for a billion dollars and everyone laughs at him. Except the president is the producers of this movie. Also it features the cast of Austin Powers 2, cause they need the work probably.

  16. That last bullet point is the plot of the upcoming Will/Jaden Smith / M. Night Shyamalan film. Seriously. Officially, it’s a ‘secret,’ but that is the plot.

    In conclusion: WORLDS BE COLLIDING (Alien and human worlds are the ones that are colliding as well as also Hollywood worlds and the worlds of the Smith family).

  17. The part of Will Smith is played by Dane Cook and it is called INDEPENDENCE DAY 2: INDEPENDENCE DANE.

    The End.

  18. Freaky Independence Day: will smith and an alien in area 51 switch bodies. the alien totally embarrasses will smith in front of his crush while trying to assassinate the president and destroy the earth an shit, meanwhile will smith as an alien tries to escape from his white collar alien desert prison.

  19. i think the next film should feature barry bostwick… you can never have enough barry bostwick. just look at weekend at bernies 2.

  20. Shouldn’t the sequel be called “The War of 1812″?

  21. this was funny as hell. “aw, hell naw”

  22. The Aliens come back so Jeff Goldblum can hook up HBO on their spaceship.

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