Add Independence Day to the growing list of film franchises going 3D. Not only will a 3D version of the sci-fi film be re-released on July 3, 2013, but director Ronald Emmerich has revealed that he intends to make two 3D sequels.
Indiewire reported that Emmerich and his writing partner Dean Devlin have already written scripts for the sequels, but it is uncertain whether star Will Smith will be involved in the new movies. 20th Century Fox could make the film without Smith, depending on his demands.
Such demands could be quite large. Smith made $5 million for the original film, but since then he has grown into quite a Hollywood superstar, and his name in the credits could be one of the biggest draws for moviegoers.
The sequels already have titles: ID Forever – Part 1 and ID Forever – Part 2. They will be shot in 2D and then converted into 3D in post-production.
Devlin says, “The thing that really hit me about the movie is how much love there is in it: between the characters; that the filmmakers had making it; that the cast had for each other. As we’re approaching a sequel we’re focusing on that aspect of it. Because I think that was really the key as to why it worked for everyone. It was lovable.”
As the sequels approach, we’ll see if audiences share the love.