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Roland Emmerich planning series of Independence Day films

Roland Emmerich and his co-writer Dean Devlin have given an update on their prospective sequel to Independence Day , and it sounds as though their ambition extends further than we had first thought.

A couple of months ago we heard that the duo were working on writing a pair of sequels, tentatively entitled ID Forever Parts One & Two , set some 20 years after the events of the original.

“Roland and I would really like to do [ it ],” says Devlin, reiterating the pair’s plans. “We have some pretty darn good ideas on how to do [ a sequel ] and, hopefully, that will all come together. A lot of things have to align. The planets have to piece together and if they do, it’ll happen.”

However, Emmerich went on to reveal that the ultimate aim is to create a whole new series of Independence Day movies, borne out of an extended take on the alien mythology.

“That’s actually what we talked a lot about,” says Emmerich. “The mythology of why did the aliens come in the first place; what is the bigger story of this whole thing? And we talked a lot about swarm intelligence. [ The humans ] are individual intelligence. Even though we kill each other and have wars against each other, we have something special.

“We have this domino human spirit to believe in good and overcoming enemies. It’s a little bit about that, and when you get a bigger mythology going, I think then you have the chance to do not only one or two or three but you can create a series. That’s what we want to do.”

The duo also confirmed that they would like to bring Jeff Goldblum back into the fold, although whether or not Will Smith or Bill Pullman can also be expecting a call remains to be seen...