Sweet mercy. Two sequels to the most awesomely awful movie ever made?
Who am I kidding? This fires me up. I was standing in line for hours with the rest of middle America in 1996, exclaiming, “I can’t wait to see these effects!” It was deliciously corny and ripe with one-liners. The cast was top-tier — loaded like a college kid on spring break!
Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Cousin Eddie (also known as Randy “Don’t Call Me Dennis” Quaid), Mary McDonnell, Vivica A. Fox, Judd Hirsch, Harry Connick, Jr., Robert Loggia and a young Mae Whitman!? C’mon! Everyone wanted a slice of the summer blockbuster pie!
Roland Emmerich, director and producer of the original film, has announced that he is planning two sequels. They are presently working-titled, Independence Day Forever, Parts I and II. What does this morsel of truth tell us? Well, first of all, that the title is terrible. Also that they’re going to milk this cash cow for all it’s worth. But, ultimately, it means that Independence Day will become a trilogy. That deserves another “sweet mercy.”
The story will reportedly be set 20 to 25 years after the original. Earth is peaceful after kicking the crap out of the alien invaders, yet everyone knows that the hostile aliens will someday return.
The intrusion (also known as the moment that screws with the status quo): A distress signal sent from the first wave of aliens in 1996 triggers a second wave of aliens who we can only imagine are pissed off. Not pissed as in “we want to kill you, so we might easily take over your planet and use up your resources,” but pissed as in “we’re coming to kick the asses of the people who kicked the bony, ass-like features of our brothers in arms… and then we’ll take your planet and resources!”
If that doesn’t get you jacked up like Mountain Dew and Red Bull, you might need to trade in your man card.
The only bittersweet news accompanying this incredible announcement? Emmerich feels Will Smith is “too big” to do the sequels. I’m sure by “too big” he means too expensive, but I’m not giving up hope. The Internet possesses incredible powers of persuasion.