Director Roland Emmerich has been making a lot of noise lately about continuing the saga of Independence Day, the alien invasion blow-em-up that was a box office sensation in 1996. The impression that we, the general public, gathered from all that talk is that Emmerich was fairly close to a script, or development, or something. But today there’s news that Emmerich may be looking at new alien invasion ventures other than revisiting the world(s) of Independence Day.
Deadline reports that Emmerich’s production company, Centropolis Entertainment, has bought a pitch for a “large-scale” sci-fi movie called Emergence from an unproduced writer named Nic Kelman. Obviously, not much is known about the plot, but it’s being said that the story is an alien invasion movie that’s grounded in real science, and having seen all of Emmerich’s sci-fi movies, I have to say that his use of “real science” will be a refreshing change of pace.
There’s no word on a start date, or where this might leave development of any potential Independence Day sequels, but I have a feeling that those movies were just a lot of talk, or at least as much talk as those potential follow-ups have ever been. Of course, and this wouldn’t be the first time something like this has happened in Hollywood, but Emmerich could be buying the pitch and using it as a framework for an Independence Day sequel, but the mention of “real science” makes me somewhat dubious of that possibility. Independence day was known for many things, but a dedication to hard science was not one of them.
In the meantime, Emmerich will destroy the White House again in the action movie White House Down starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx, which will be out in theatres on June 28th.
Are you interested in seeing another Roland Emmerich-helmed alien invasion movie, or would you see Emmerich direct something other than Emergence? Let us know in the comments below.
Source: The Film Stage