Independence Day 2 and 3 Could Happen Without Will Smith

The actor is asking $50 million for two back-to-back sequels to be directed by Roland Emmerich.
BYBrian Gallagher | October 27th, 2011

Will Smith may not return for Independence Day sequelsBack in November of 2009, we reported that director Roland Emmerich is planning back-to-back sequels for the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day. It seems that plan is still intact, with screenwriter Dean Devlin said to be delivering both screenplays for Independence Day 2 and Independence Day 3 by mid-December. However, Will Smith may not return to star in these sequels.

Will Smith has reportedly asked for $50 million to shoot both sequels back-to-back, which Fox declined. Nothing is official yet, since negotiations were halted to focus on the scripts, but it seems Fox is willing to make the sequels without Will Smith.

While specific plot details weren't given, it is said both sequels will tell a single story and are being crafted much like Back to the Future Part II and Back To The Future Part III.

Will Smith does not have his next movie completely locked in yet, which is a positive sign for the Independence Day sequels. We reported in April that the actor will star in M. Night Shyamalan's sci-fi tale One Thousand A.E. with his son, Jaden Smith. However, pre-production is moving very slowly, with Sony taking its time to get the story right before shooting begins.

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