Producer Dean Devlin told SCI FI Wire that he and partner Roland Emmerich are gearing up to make a sequel to their blockbuster 1996 hit film Independence Day. “Roland and I, we’re back to work on doing a sequel to Independence Day,” Devlin said in an interview. “I think we finally found a story that we wanted to tell.” Devlin and Emmerich wrote and produced the original film, which Emmerich directed. ID4 is the 11th highest-grossing domestic release of all time, with more than $300 million at the North American box office.
Devlin added that he hopes to assemble as many of the original cast members as possible. “I like to think that hit movies are like a cocktail, you know?” he said. “You want to try to get all the ingredients back together again and try to get the same mix. But we’ll see. We’ll see what we can get back. We’ll try to get everyone. We’ll just have to see how it plays out.” The original film’s cast included Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch and Margaret Colin. As for the sequel’s story? “I can’t tell you that,” Devlin said with a laugh.
“Then there’s another science fiction film that Roland and I are working on, called The Hunt,” Devlin added. “So hopefully both of those will get started within the next year.”