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'Independence Day 2' Coming in 2015 and My Milk Expires July 4

Will Smith is not expected to return

milk-july-4I swear this story is true, last night, after seeing Roland Emmerich's White House Down, I went to the grocery store to pick up a gallon of milk. Said gallon can be seen to the right and as I'm sure you've already noticed, it expires on July 4.

Why this is so coincidental (or is it?) is because only hours earlier Fox announced they were moving forward with Indpendence Day 2, which Emmerich will once again direct. Eerie right?

The film will be a sequel to Emmerich's 1996 movie Independence Day, which starred Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum, which told a story involving aliens invading Earf, blowing up the White House and cigars.

Emmerich actually discussed the sequel back in March, telling EW it would not be just one film, but two, the titles being ID Forever Part 1 and ID Forever Part II. I guess my only hope there is they change it to ID4ever or like Mark Wahlberg in Fear, ID-4eva. You know, keep it gangsta.

In the EW article it read:

The films take place 20 years after the original, when a distress call sent by the first wave of aliens finally brings reinforcements to Earth. "The humans knew that one day the aliens would come back," explains the director, who completed two scripts with Independence Day co-writer Dean Devlin and has given them to White House Down writer-producer James Vanderbilt for a rewrite. "And they know that the only way you can really travel in space is through wormholes. So for the aliens, it could take two or three weeks, but for us that's 20 or 25 years."

[S]torylines will focus on a new generation of human heroes, including the stepson of Will Smith's Independence Day character (played in that film by Ross Bagley). "It's still some of the same characters, but also new younger characters; it's a little bit like the sons take over," says Emmerich, who promises that the first sequel will have a cliffhanger ending to keep audiences coming back for more. "The first one ends on a little success, but only enough to give the humans hope. And then in the second one they free themselves again [from the aliens]."

Bill Pullman spoke with Crave earlier this year promoting his now-canceled NBC television show "1600 Penn" saying, "Within a year, yeah, something like that I guess... I worried about taking this part because it's heating up. I thought, 'I don't know if I should do the comedy' and I talked to Dean [Devlin] and Roland [Emmerich] and they said, 'No, do it. We'll work around it. If it goes, we'll work around it.'" I guess, lucky for everyone, the show is canceled and Pullman is free whenever he's needed.

Pullman also alluded to there being two films saying, "I like what I have to do in both of them. I'm not in an old age home in a wheelchair being wheeled out for one more moment. It's a very interesting conception of what happens to Whitmore between then and when it picks back up."

Will Smith's involvement seems unlikely and Goldblum's return is also a question mark.

The film is set for a July 3, 2015 release. I'll probably have bought a lot more milk by then, more on that as the story develops.

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  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

    Sorry to be the grammer freak in this situation, but you said Earf instead of Earth.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

      that was Brad being street, he's down wid da kidz y'all

    • http://kaisaccofilm.tumblr.com/ Kai Sacco

      Brad's tryin' ta' keep it gangsta' Ryguy.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

        Lol

    • Jeff

      I believe brad was referencing how will smith says it in the movie after he punches an alien.

    • SohoDriver

      If you're going to point out a grammatical error (which in this case was quite clearly intentional), try and make sure your own spelling is correct.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

    I enjoy Independence Day (less than when it first came out a bit but it's still a great destruction derby - I think only Transformers as a franchise tops it for widespread shit blowing up outwith any other Emmerich film) so yeah...................I would go and see these.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

    i havent seen the first one for years but i have very fond memories of it, as for the casting, i can live without Pullman and Smith but you can never have enough Jeff Goldblum. Im sure the last film i saw him in was The Life Aquatic, he seems to have gone very quiet of late

  • http://kaisaccofilm.tumblr.com/ Kai Sacco

    When I read the headline and got through the first paragraph, I thought that a movie titled "My Milk Expires July 4" was coming out, and—before hearing of the movie—that you had coincidentally purchased milk with a July 4th expiration date.

    Wow. I beg someone to slap me for that stupidity.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Xarnis/ Xarnis

    God damn it, I HATED Independence Day. Probably one of the dumbest movies I've seen.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Mikey/ Mikey

    WELCOME TO EARTH!

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

      Now that's what i call a close encounter!

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Hudsucker/ Hudsucker

      EARF*

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Mikey/ Mikey

        Haha my mistake.

  • http://www.digitalkebab.com Shaun Heenan

    I loved Independence Day and watched it at least ten times. That may have had something to do with the fact I was eight years old.

  • http://letterboxd.com/criterion10/ Criterion10

    The sad truth is that I would rather watch a movie about Brad getting his milk that expires on July 4th than have to sit through 20 minutes of Independence Day: Part Deux.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/markiemark/ Mark

    I always get weird concidences like that. Really makes you wonder sometimes...
    Anyway, better have Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum back tho. Pullman isn't enough for me to see it.