I think it’s
still, because it was the movie I really wanted to do. Maybe because it was so successful, I might say
was a little bit weird for me because it was one of these situations where I had just done the impossible and made a hit for MGM, which was - at the time - the funeral home of all studios. I overcame that and all of a sudden I was the toast of the town.
I was sent every script in Hollywood, and every one was very formulaic, One of the meetings I took was a Harrison Ford prison escape movie, and I asked “what is the budget of this thing?” and they said “around $75 million".
I thought, “For a prison escape movie? You must be kidding me”. I was so upset about that I said to my assistant at the time, for seventy-five million I can do my Alien invasion movie, and she says to me “why don’t you do it?” and I said “you have a point.”
So I locked myself in my room and just wrote down what I had so far figured out. Tim Burton was also doing
which was going to be released in August. I knew that when that came out, I’d have to wait another six, seven, eight years for
, because you cannot have a more serious film following a parody.
So I said to myself; "wait a moment. If I write the script really fast, we can go to production by February, we could make it by Independence Day.
That’s why it's called
, because at the time it had no title. It was called ‘Alien Invasion Movie’ and when we were talking about it, I said the whole movie could revolve around Independence Day and then that became the working title, and it stuck.
We knew that we wanted to have Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum and at that time Kevin Spacey.
TF: Who was Kevin Spacey going to play originally?
The President - I had already seen Bryan Singer’s
The Usual Suspects
and I knew he'd win an Oscar for that.