Will Smith Is Back in Talks to Star in ‘Independence Day 2’

Director Roland Emmerich confirms that the actor is once again interested in returning to the franchise, and that a meeting is planned.

Will Smith wants to return for Independence Day sequel
Will Smith wants to return for Independence Day sequel
A sequel to the 1996 sci-fi blockbuster Independence Day has long been in the planning stages, and as it stands now, we will be getting two back-to-back follow-ups with ID Forever - Part 1 and ID Forever - Part 2, the first of which, as far as we can tell, is still being planned for a 2015 release. Though, that may change, pushing the release date of that first chapter to 2016.

In June, while out promoting his latest thriller White House Down, director Roland Emmerich revealed original cast member Will Smith was not returning, saying that the actor was too big of a star, and that they could not meet the actor's demands.

"Will Smith can not come back because he's too expensive, but he'd also be too much of a marquee name. It would be too much. We have like maybe half of the people that you know from the first film (in the script) and the other half of the people who are new."

The director is out once again, now promoting White House Down in foreign markets, and it seems he's changed his tune on Will Smith returning to the franchise, claiming that the actor now wants to come back and that talks are being planned. This is what he had to say to Digital Spy.

"I sometimes say no, Will Smith will not be in it because he didn't want to do it at first. Now we have a meeting planned, we want to talk about it again. Anything can happen."

The director went onto talk about the challenges of putting ID Forever - Part 1 and ID Forever - Part 2 together, revealing that while a 2015 release date was announced, we might not see these sequels until 2016.

"It is changing every month, because putting together a sequel of this magnitude is an enormous undertaking. I am sure we will make it, either for 2015, or 16. Right now, as it looks...Probably 16."

In the weeks leading up to the release of Will Smith's doomed flop After Earth, the actor had this to say about returning to star in another blockbuster.

"I think I'm going to start moving out of that and finding more danger in my artistic choices."

Made for $130 million, After Earth was a domestic disaster, bringing in only $60.5 million at the box office. It has since gone onto earn $183 in foreign territories, for a total of $243 million worldwide. Not a total loss, but it certainly tarnished Will Smith's name as the king of the summer blockbuster. It's possible that he now wants to return for ID Forever - Part 1 and ID Forever - Part 2 to restore some of that former glory. It's also possible that after he failed to open this sci-fi stinker, his asking price has been lowered.

Will Will Smith return to claim his crown as the King of summer? Or are his 90s glory days a thing of the past? Do any of you even care about a sequel to Independence Day twenty years after the fact? Should this just be a reboot? Let us know what you think.

Independence Day was released July 3rd, 1996 and stars Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, Robert Loggia, Randy Quaid, Margaret Colin. The film is directed by Roland Emmerich.

Independence Day 2 comes to theaters June 24th, 2016 and stars Jeff Goldblum, Jessie Usher, Liam Hemsworth, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Vivica A. Fox, Travis Tope, Brent Spiner, Joey King. The film is directed by Roland Emmerich.

ID Forever - Part 2 is in development and stars Will Smith. The film is directed by Roland Emmerich.

Sources: Digital Spy

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Comments (26)

  1. WongFu

    Am I the only one that didn't enjoy MIB 3, to me it felt empty and forced. Thou I did like the effects.
    As of this I sure hope his kid isn't in it and I don't want him back in it. Just tell us that his character died in a raid.

    2 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  2. Darryl Wallace

    Will Smith may have drawn them in, at one time, but his draw is slipping. He doesn't want to do this movie, but has done a third MIB movie. Wow! He's going on my "not liked anymore" list of actors. I can't stand an egomaniac.

    2 years agoby @Darryl-WallaceFlag

  3. Zak Lee Ferguson

    All i can say is, Smith your a - EGO-Satisfied DICK!

    2 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  4. Fred Derf

    Will Smith coming back to ID, all the more reason not to watch it. The most idiotic scifi film ever made. Roland Emmerich couldn't even direct a Popeye cartoon.

    2 years agoby @Fred-DerfFlag

  5. Fry_3000

    He'll probably try and get his kid a role also

    2 years agoby @Fry-3000Flag

  6. Matthew Drummey

    YES. YES. YES. And OH HELL YES. This HAS TO happen.

    2 years agoby @Matthew-DrummeyFlag

  7. skywise

    I'm sure he is in talks since his last movie was such a bomb

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  8. skywise


    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  9. Goliath

    He WAS too expensive, until he racked up another flop and decided to drop his prices!

    2 years agoby @goliathFlag

  10. T. King (Red Camera Man)

    This planned sequel feels SO unnecessary. :-(

    2 years agoby @redcameramanFlag

  11. Bane5000

    Does this mean Jayden will be tagging along...Will Smith needs to go back and make movies for Will Smith, Not Will Smith and whichever family member is gonna play his kid...Get on my nerves

    2 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  12. Sean

    @agentblue I agree.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  13. TheDude1

    @therealGoku His career has been awful lately. Going back to your bread and butter in that case is perfectly reasonable. That and in this case he is not going back to Michael Bay.

    2 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  14. The Real Goku

    @thedude1@a7sus4 really?? Lol I know I can't change your opinions but I really disagree. Wait until we get another bad boys movie. And the other films he's working on

    2 years agoby @therealGokuFlag

  15. TheDude1

    Will Smith really needs this movie for the sake of his career.

    2 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  16. A7sus4

    In light of Will Smith's rapidly dwindling box office draw...

    2 years agoby @a7sus4Flag

  17. Adamsandlerfggot69

    Is he going to bring his stupid annoying son along for this too?

    2 years agoby @adamsandlerfggot69Flag

  18. CoreyB

    @mka47 haha thats what im saying!! Make it for a 2016 release itll kill! Will Smith is not a dud by any stretch! After earth(which ive never seen) was one of his only flops. King of the 90's? I can think of a few in the 2000's that werent too shabby w/willie! I am legend! Hitch! Pursuit of happyness (oscar nomination best actor) and last yrs men in black 3 was good! God guy makes a bad decision w his son for after earth and he gets ripped apart for it! Will is still sickk!!!

    2 years agoby @CoreyBFlag

  19. Gandoff

    He wants and needs ID4 2... His last few movies have fallen to come close to expectation. And he needs a film to show he is still a huge star. Can he act? Yes. But this is more about huge action films that make a truck load of money. ID4 2 has been in the works for so long. They wanted and needed Will despite what they have said. He was a key member of the first film. But like they said. To much to get him for what they was paying the other cast. So now, he can drop his price and other needs to sign just to have his name on what could be a block buster.

    2 years agoby @gandoffFlag

  20. joelseph

    With EVERYTHING slated for 2015 ID would just be noise. They were a big popcorn movie in 1996 but I don't think there is anyone clamoring for a follow-up. Will Smith is back exactly for the reasons found in the closing paragraphs. Will has always talked about making action for proving bankability and art projects for love. His latest big budget flopped so his ability to get the risky art pictures is now diminished. I think he will make ID in hopes of the big summer talk show circuit.

    2 years agoby @joelsephFlag

  21. OhhmeohhMy

    I would not cry if he came back or not. That movie came out so long ago. I agree with @jasdjqs. But if he did then whatever. I don't care.

    2 years agoby @OhhmeohhMyFlag

  22. Mka47

    you better bring will smith back ya clown!

    2 years agoby @mka47Flag

  23. AgentBlue

    Would be cool to see him return if this movie gets made however.

    2 years agoby @agentblueFlag

  24. jasdjqs

    Might be too late for a sequel after all the first movie came out soooo long ago

    2 years agoby @jasdjqsFlag

  25. CelluloidDreams

    Meh!! Will Smith is a hack and needs to stop selling out for the all mighty dollar!

    2 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

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