When Independence Day hit theaters in 1996, many action fans were drawn to this spectacle because of the shots in the trailers featuring the White House being blown to smithereens. When it was all said and done, Independence Day became the first movie ever to crack $500 million worldwide at the box office, raising the bar for other blockbusters to come over the next two decades. This weekend, the long-awaited sequel Independence Day: Resurgence hits theaters, and we know from the trailers that the destruction will continue. But today, we have a new report that reveals why a particular world landmark was left alone.
Back in May, 20th Century Fox released a series of new posters featuring the destruction of world landmarks such as Paris' Eiffel Tower, London's Big Ben, New York City's Statue of Liberty and Singapore's Esplanade. Today we have a new report from The Huffington Post, which reveals that while Kuala Lampur's Petronas towers and Dubai's Burj Khalifa are also destroyed, Mumbai's Gateway of India was also set for destruction. Although producers ultimately decided against it. Here's what an unnamed source at 20th Century Fox had to say.
"Well, Indians are too touchy. Keeping the sensitivities of all the religious groups and other activists in mind, the makers were asked not to shoot in India or portray any prominent monuments being damaged."
Fox Star Studios, an Indian subsidiary of 20th Century Fox, confirmed the news. It's worth noting that, last year, India's Central Board of Film Certification, a.k.a. the Censor Board, asked Sony Pictures to remove a scene from Pixels where the iconic Taj Mahal was destroyed. It isn't known what other landmarks were left off the chopping block in Independence Day 2.
Independence Day was just the beginning. We always knew they were coming back. After that film redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter in the Independence Day universe delivers a global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens' advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.
Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox and Brent Spiner all reprise their roles from the original 1996 blockbuster. Independence Day: Resurgence will also introduce new characters played by Liam Hemsworth, Angelababy, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward and Jessie Usher. The movie will square off against STX Entertainment's The Free State of Jones when it hits theaters starting today. We'll be sure to keep you posted on how Indpendence Day: Resurgence fares at the box office this weekend.