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Independence Day 2 was originally “about peace”

Den of Geek logoDen of Geek 14/06/2016 Simon Brew

The original plan for Independence Day: Resurgence was a far more peaceful movie than the one we're getting...

Next week, director Roland Emmerich finally gets to launch an Independence Day sequel into cinemas, as Independence Day: Resurgence lands, some 20 years after the original.

Plans have been afoot for a sequel several times in that period, and at one stage, the idea was to make a pair of follow-ups back to back. That eventually become just the one film, but over at Empire, Roland Emmerich has revealed that one idea that was seriously considered for Independence Day 2 would have taken a more peaceful road than the film we’re going to get.

“It was after 9/11 and [producer] Dean [Devlin] and I wanted to make the movie about peace, and it just didn’t work”, Emmerich said.

“There’s still an element of that in the new one, but that version was only about that. We shoot aliens down accidentally and then at the end of the movie they land on the White House lawn and say ‘we come in peace’ and that was it. It was just too weak an idea and we didn’t really want to do it. It didn’t have an Independence Day feel. Only the alien ship was destroyed!”

We can’t imagine that idea took too long to be shot down. As for why, after years of the film not being made he’s doing it now, Emmerich said that “what really did it was just how amazing film technology is these days and how restricted I felt in 95/96 when I did the original one”, before teasing “it’s not a traditional sequel”.

If it works, though, do expect Independence Day 3 to arrive a little sooner…

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