Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Roland Emmerich discusses Independence Day 3

With his Independence Day (1996) sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence, currently invading our cinemas, Roland Emmerich is naturally turning his thoughts to apocalypses new. If the box office takings warrant it, a third Independence Day instalment will likely follow. A storyline for which is already percolating in the writer and director's mind. 

"The next one will be an intergalactic journey," Emmerich tells Empire magazine. "It'll be [set] maybe a year or two later, not 20 years [on]. I want to maintain this group of people, especially the young characters, and Jeff [Goldblum] and Brent [Spiner] will take part in it. It'll be fun to keep that group together." Would this famously sequel shy filmmaker hand the reins to another director? Not likely. "Will I definitely direct it? Oh yes. I'd never, ever let someone else do it."

One of Independence Day: Resurgence's plot threads sees a benevolent alien race arrive in our orbit with news of a giant intergalactic civil war. This conflict has alien races joining forces against the invaders currently threatening Earth. In a possible third part, humanity will be joining that fight. "I imagine them now going in one of these ships they've rebuilt into a wormhole," explains Emmerich, adding: "I think it'll be the classic of going into space but it has to be about Earth, and we have a really good idea for that."

As always, watch this... well... space. In the meantime, Independence Day: Resurgence is out in cinemas now and you can read our review right here.

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