One of the the biggest blockbusters in history gets a sequel

Nearly 20 years after the seminal box office hit Independence Day hit theaters and grossed $811 million worldwide, FOX has given the go ahead to begin production on a sequel. Though release dates often getting moved around, the studio is aiming for a 2016 July 4th premiere. With that said, fans of the original may be let down as it has also been revealed that Will Smith will not be reprising his role as Captain Steven Hiller.

Deadline:

Top brass at 20th Century Fox got some work done this week, giving a green light to the long-awaited Independence Day sequel. The film has been slotted for a May production start, and the studio now will move to close Roland Emmerich’s directing deal.

Now, Fox staked a June 24, 2016, release date, so this isn’t a shock, but these dates get recalibrated all the time. From what I’m told, Will Smith regrettably isn’t reprising area51-independence-day-attack(though if he said yes, I’m sure Fox, Emmerich and Dean Devlin would write him in, in a heartbeat). Deadline revealed this back in February. Casting will begin after they lock Emmerich, and I’m told by Fox insiders they will be making a single film.

Though it is sans Will Smith, Independence Day 2 will definitely be one of the biggest releases of 2016.

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