In the current cinematic climate, 3D conversions are now commonplace with the likes of Jurassic Park , Titanic and the Star Wars prequels all receiving the treatment. However, out of the blue, 20th Century Fox have pulled the plug on their 3D version of '90s box office smash, Roland Emmerich's Independence Day .
Considering the relatively low expense involved with converting films, as well as the success of 3D updated films already this year, ( Titanic grossed an extra $343m for Paramount on its re-release) it marks a strange decision by Fox. Especially considering the fact that the original Independence Day made over $800m worldwide leaving it as the 34th highest-grossing film of all time.
Intended to hit screens on 3 July 2013, it would have been good fun to see Emmerich's daft, patriotic blockbuster back on our screens. Although its cancellation is a shame, the decision could suggest bigger repercussions for the future of the Independence Day franchise.
The long rumoured two-part sequel to the 1996 original, the tentatively titled ID Forever - Part I and ID Forever - Part II , could now be in jeopardy. With no official word from Fox on the 3D version or the sequels, there is little to do but speculate and rumour.
The Playlist cites potential clashes with Channing Tatum actioner White House Down and Smith-starring sci-fi After Earth as possible reasons for shelving ID3D .
Fox still have two major 3D releases set for 2013 as they finish their conversions of the Star Wars prequels with Attacks Of The Clones hitting UK screens on 4 October, and Revenge Of The Sith on 25 October.