It looks like the summer of 2015 has become a little less crowded. 20th Century Fox originally had the upcoming Independence Day sequel, tentatively titled ID Forever: Part 1, scheduled for a July 3rd, 2015 release. According to Box Office Mojo, the studio will release the sequel one year later on July 1st, 2016.
It has been heavily speculated that the sequel would be pushed back to 2016 for the last couple of months. Director Roland Emmerich even agreed that the 2015 release date was only temporary until they locked down an official release date.
Either way, this is definitely a smart move for two reasons. The first reason is that the 2015 summer schedule is already packed with blockbusters including The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Batman vs. Superman, Jurassic World, Terminator 5, and the Fantastic Four reboot just to name a few. The second reason this is a smart move is because it’ll align with the alleged storyline for the film, which is reported to be taking place twenty years after the events of the first.
While promoting the Blu-ray release of his abysmal action film White House Down, Emmerich revealed that James Vanderbilt, who recently collaborated with Emmerich for White House Down, has written two versions of the script. One version of the script features Will Smith’s character and the other script doesn’t. The studio is preparing just incase Will Smith decides not to sign on for the sequel to the film that made him an action star back in 1996.
Make sure to check back for more updates on the Independence Day sequel as they come our way.