‘Independence Day’: Emmerich gets into character for more alien action

May 28, 2013 | 6:53 p.m.

Even though director Roland Emmerich is just putting the finishing touches on his upcoming summer actioner “White House Down,” starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx, he’s already looking to the future beyond the movie’s June 28 release.

He next plans to revisit his 1996 blockbuster “Independence Day” with at least one sequel, possibly a series of movies, and while fans of the alien invasion adventure should expect to see new, thrilling special effects, the director also is hoping to recapture the same entertaining tone and the same approach to character he displayed in the original movie.

During his recent appearance at the fourth annual Hero Complex Film Festival, Emmerich, along with “Independence Day” producer Dean Devlin, star Jeff Goldblum and visual effects wizard Volker Engel, talked about taking a cue from classic disaster movies in locating the movie’s rhythm and sensibility.

“We realized in disaster movies they were quite unorthodox, they spend quite a lot of time on the characters and what their problems were,” Emmerich said. “We just took our leap from that. I still today am asked, Why did you do this movie? I say, Well it was a good idea, but it also had good characters. I’m really believing in good characters.”

Watch the video above for Emmerich’s comments in full and to find out what the other “Independence Day” filmmakers had to say about the role improvisation plays on a typical Emmerich set.

The Hero Complex Film Festival kicked off May 10 at the Chinese 6 Theatres with a John Carpenter double feature and feisty Q&A. Saturday afternoon brought a screening of “The Mist” and a discussion of that film’s shocking ending with writer-director Frank Darabont and surprise guest Thomas Jane.

Saturday night belonged to Guillermo del Toro, who shared an exclusive preview of his upcoming “Pacific Rim” and gave lively responses to questions between showings of “The Devil’s Backbone” and “Pan’s Labyrinth.”

The event closed with a 20th anniversary salute to “The X-Files” with the show’s creator  Chris Carter  taking the stage with surprise guests, writers Glen Morgan and Darin Morgan.

— Blake Hennon and Gina McIntyre

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