Its beginning to look a lot like the mid-1990s as “Stargate” and “Independence Day” duo of writer/director Roland Emmerich and writer/producer Dean Devlin coming back to the big screen with a reboot of the former and a sequel to the latter.
Last week came word that 20th Century Fox had given the “Independence Day” sequel a green light. During development there was talk of shooting back-to-back follow-ups to the 1996 sci-fi blockbuster, but that changed last year with plans scaled back to just one sequel for now. Speaking with Nerd Report, Devlin explained why that decision was made:
“We decided just to do one first to make sure that people like where we’re going. If that works well, there’s an ability to do some world building which would be really fun and interesting to do.
I think Roland and everybody felt, let’s just make sure twenty years later that people still are interested. I think in our case, we started to feel that maybe we were being a little bit arrogant by assuming that we could do two movies. We said you know what, let’s scale it down. Let’s first make sure that it works for everyone.”
Devlin also confirmed that Emmerich is eager to direct the first installment of a proposed trilogy of films rebooting the “Stargate” franchise. However their commitments to an ID4 follow-up has put that on hold for now:
“Unfortunately, we have to wait until we finish Independence Day for that. Roland wants to direct that one too. Hopefully we go into that right afterwards.”