Roland Emmerich, Dean Devlin talk ‘Independence Day’ sequel plans

May 21, 2013 | 1:03 p.m.
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"Independence Day" producer Dean Devlin, left, and director Roland Emmerich in 2000. (Iris Schneider / Los Angeles Times)

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Will Smith, left, and Jeff Goldblum in a scene from "Independence Day." (20th Century Fox)

Fans who’ve waited years for a follow-up to the sci-fi blockbuster “Independence Day” might soon be treated not just to one sequel to the memorable hit film, but to an entire franchise based on the alien invasion thriller.

The film’s co-writers — director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin – told the Hero Complex Film Festival audience at a matinee screening of the 1996 blockbuster that they have ideas for a sequel (and maybe more).

“What we talked a lot about, the mythology of why did the aliens come in the first place, what is the bigger story of this whole thing?” said Emmerich, seated beside Devlin, “Independence Day” star Jeff Goldblum and the movie’s effects wizard Volker Engel. “When you get a bigger mythology going, you have the chance to not only do one or two or three, you can create a series.”

And for the record, Goldblum said he’s ready and willing to battle aliens once more.

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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One Response to Roland Emmerich, Dean Devlin talk ‘Independence Day’ sequel plans

  1. dlh0 says:

    Sequel: If you make it. They will come………….

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