Emmerich Plans For Smith-Less ID4 Sequels

So is Will Smith in or out of Roland Emmerich’s “Independence Day” sequels? Either way, the filmmaker is hedging his bets.

Speaking with The Playlist, Emmerich says that screenwriter Jamie Vanderbilt had written ‘two versions’ of the script for the first sequel – one featuring the return of Smith’s fighter pilot character Captain Steven Hiller, and one not including him at all.

Emmerich adds that the version with Smith is “looking good”. As for the project’s overall status, he admits it’s a “daily battle” with issues of budgets and scheduling.