Earlier this month, we reported that Will Smith is back in talks to star in Independence Day 2, which also included the news that the sequel may be pushed to 2016. Director Roland Emmerich confirmed that the sequel is his next movie, while addressing the July 3, 2015 release date that was set in June.
""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. We've created a mythology around these aliens, which is really cool. You have to create a mythology because people want to see a bigger picture."
While the filmmaker still hopes to make two sequels to his 1996 blockbusters, he revealed that, as of now, they only plan on shooting the first sequel.
"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..."
He also spoke briefly about the story, which was conceived while he was making 2012.
"The idea for it came out of 2012, and what you can do with technology these days. It's a parallel history. Humans rebuild whatever they have - bigger, newer, shinier - and then they forget. Maybe, 20 years later, [the aliens are] never coming back... They won't fall for that again."
The filmmaker also spoke about his sci-fi thriller Singularity, which centers on a father trying to keep his injured son alive through the use of nanotechnology, although he wouldn't reveal when production may begin.
"That is on very, very good grounds again. We just overdid its complexity, we packed too much in it, but we lost two or three subplots and suddenly realized, 'Oh my God, this works!' I definitely want to make this movie."
"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. We tried so hard [to make it into a movie], honestly, because it's one of my most favorite books. I just love it."
"[Producer] Lorenzo di Bonaventura offered it to me first and it had exactly what I like - a two brothers story that was very interesting for me - but I had so many other projects and they didn't want to wait around for me."