Two decades later, the seminal alien-invasion blockbuster finally gets its sequel
Looks like Jurassic Park isn't the only 90s classic getting a new lease on life. Twentieth Century Fox has officially given the go-ahead for a sequel to the iconic blockbuster Independence Day.
The original film, also called "ID4," was one of the biggest box-office hits of all time when it was released in 1996. A sort of "optimist's apocalypse," it depicted a scenario whereby an attempted extinction of the human race by a massive fleet of alien invaders ultimately unites humanity across racial, cultural and national borders to defend their planet and their lives.
The sequel, currently set for a June 24, 2016 debut, will reunite the original director/producer team of Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, who also penned the first draft of the new film's script - the premise of which has not been revealed. Will Smith, who effectively kick-started his movie star career with the original, is not expected to return at this time. Also unclear is where this new project fits with the duo's plans to reboot their Stargate franchise and Emmerich's involvement with the gay-rights drama Stonewall.