Roland Emmerich has been speaking to Collider.com about the status of a sequel(s) to Independence Day.
While the director had previously said he and co-writer Dean Devlin had plans for two sequels, it now seems that we will initially only be getting one.
“I think they (Fox) decided to only do one first,” he said.
As for the status of Will Smith’s return, Emmerich added: “Will Smith cannot come back because he’s too expensive, but he’d also be too much of a marquee name. It would be too much. We have like maybe half of the people that you know would know from the first film [in the script] and the other half people who are new.”
A couple of months ago, the director said that both films will take place 20 years after the original and Part 1 will end with a cliffhanger that leads directly into Part 2, but with a second film now hinging on the success of the first sequel things have been thrown up in the air ever so slightly.