Roland Emmerich Discusses 'Independence Day' Sequels

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Now that his latest film, "White House Down," has officially revealed itself in the form of a poster and a trailer, Roland Emmerich has been eager to discuss upcoming projects. One of those projects is the long-mooted sequel to "Independence Day" that he's been discussing for over fifteen years now.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the director insists that he's still working on the project; in fact, he's still gunning to make two sequels (currently titled "ID Forever Part 1 and Part II") in an effort to wreak maximum havoc. While this has been the rumored plan for quite some time, Emmerich went even further during this talk and spilled some plot details.

The sequels will take place about twenty years after the original film, at which point the distress call sent from the alien invaders in that film will finally bring back-up. According to the director, the delayed response will be the result of "wormholes" that distort the passage of time: "for the aliens, it could take two or three weeks, but for us, that's 20 to 25 years."

Emmerich also went on to reveal that he's already been at work with an art department to determine what the rebuilt earth would look like in this "parallel history." "It's a changed world," he said, adding that "[humans] have harnessed all this alien technology" but "don't know how to duplicate it because it's organically grown technology."

The director also mentioned that the passage of time will also result in a new generation taking up the torch from their predecessors. "It's still some of the same characters, but also new younger characters; it's a little bit like the sons take over," said Emmerich, who seems to have a plan just in case bigger stars like Will Smith don't sign back on.

He didn't discuss such casting specifics, but he did insist that the first sequel will end on a cliffhanger that "will give the humans hope" before the final one finds them "free[ing] themselves again [from the aliens]."

If that's the case, it sounds like Emmerich will stop short of destroying the entire world. He did promise some destruction, though, and hinted that "we've rebuilt" after the first film. However, the aliens "also do different things."

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