Emmerich Talks “Independence Day 2” Filming

Despite 20th Century Fox setting a July 3rd 2015 release date, the sequel to sci-fi disaster epic “Independence Day” isn’t as locked down as you might expect.

Filmmaker Roland Emmerich tells Empire that the date is more the studio marking territory than anything else:

“You have to set a release date otherwise another film moves into it. [But] Independence Day is my next movie, if I get the right script. I should get the script pretty soon, then I’ll try to get it into good shape for one or two months, and if that happens, we’ll announce it and start production.”

He confirms that the next one will be the first of a two-part story that ends on a cliffhanger. However, there are no plans at present to shoot the second at the same time:

“We’ll only do the first part, because we want to have the audience decide if they want to see the second, otherwise it feels arrogant. But I’m pretty confident, with the right script…”

Emmerich confirms he’s not involved in the film adaptation of the video game “Asteroids” which he was offered, and his attempts for a film adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s sci-fi epic “Foundation” have been scrapped in favor of an event series approach:

“We’re trying to do it as a big mini-series, but even there you would have to change the story itself and set it in a time when the galaxy has fallen apart – and then you’re pretty much making a TV show with all these characters and playing all the scenes out. You can [do that] and we’ll see what happens.”