Out doing promotional rounds for "White House Down," filmmaker Roland Emmerich confirms that Will Smith will NOT be returning for the upcoming "Independence Day" sequel.
Emmerich says: "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."
The filmmaker goes on to say: "We have like maybe half of the people that you know would know from the first film (in the script) and the other half people who are new."
He adds that what they're doing is different than what you might expect: "We're not doing a total reboot, we're doing something that's totally unusual."
Screenwriter James Vanderbilt ("The Amazing Spider-Man," "Zodiac") is currently at work on a polish of Emmerich and Dean Devlin's script for the second film. 20th Century Fox is currently targeting a July 3rd 2015 release.
Source: The NY Daily News