The highly anticipated sequel to director Roland Emmerich‘s 1996 blockbuster Independence Day 2: Resurgence is now playing in theaters nationwide. Despite a failed effort to bring back Will Smith, who played one of the lead roles in the original film, the new sequel has gained much anticipation from fans of the original, who no doubt are excited to see veteran actors Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park, The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Bill Pullman (Spaceballs, While You Were Sleeping) reunite onscreen to fight aliens! Also returning from the original film are actors Vivica A. Fox (Juwanna Man, Kill Bill: Vol 1), Brent Spiner (The Aviator, Star Trek: The Next Generation), and Judd Hirsch (Ordinary People, A Beautiful Mind), who are joined by new lead Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games, Paranoia), and actors Jessie T. Usher (When The Game Stands Tall, Survivor’s Remorse), Joey King (Crazy Stupid Love, The Conjuring), Maika Monroe (Labor Day, It Follows), Sela Ward (The Day After Tomorrow, Gone Girl), and William Fichtner (Armageddon, Black Hawk Down). Despite popularity among fans, the film has not received good reviews from critics, who have called it “boring” and “loaded down with ’90s cheesiness.” Not sure how audiences will react or if they will agree with the critics, but I guess we’ll find out this weekend. Enjoy!
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally opening in theaters this week, movie-goers are starting to look to the New Year to get their blockbuster fix. Over the last week we have seen new, full-length trailers for Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice and X-Men: Apocalypse, which will bring the comic-movie circuit back to life after the Star Wars bubble finally bursts. This week, however, we have a new trailer for another sequel we have been keeping our eyes on, in the form of Independence Day: Resurgence. Original ID director Roland Emmerich (The Day After Tomorrow, 2012) is back with returning veteran actors Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park, The Grand Budapest Hotel), Bill Pullman (Spaceballs, Lake Placid), Vivica A. Fox (Juwanna Mann, Kill Bill Vol. 1), and Oscar-winner Judd Hirsch (Ordinary People, A Beautiful Mind), leading a new generation of actors including Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games, Paranoia), Joey King (Crazy Stupid Love, The Conjuring), Maika Monroe (Labor Day, It Follows), and William Fichtner (Heat, Black Hawk Down). Picking up 20 years after the events of the original film, we find scientist David Levinson (Goldblum) and former President James Whitmore (Pullman) facing a new insurgence of alien visitors that will test the world’s new defense systems that were developed using the technology of the original invaders. Unfortunately for fans of the original, Will Smith will not be reprising his role, and instead the plot will focus on a new-generation fighter pilot (played by Hemsworth) named Morrison, but other than that the rest of the story looks (on the surface) pretty legitimate. As always, we’ll have to wait for the final product to know for sure. Stay tuned for further updates.
With 2015 quickly drawing nearer, and the list of film franchises that will return to the big screen constantly growing, then shrinking, then growing again, two movies seem to be moving along at a steady pace. Independence Day and Jurassic Park are those two movies, and all reports are that pre-production is going quite well, especially as far as casting is concerned. Jeff Goldblum, who played the part of Ian Malcolm in the original Jurassic Park (1993) and the first sequel, The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) will not return for director Colin Trevorrow’s reboot of the series, Jurassic World. The new film is being produced by Steven Spielberg, who directed the original film, and thus far has an impressive cast which includes Bryce Dallas Howard, Christ Pratt, Jake Johnson, Nick Robinson, and Ty Simpkins, and according to new reports from Deadline, Vincent D’Onofrio. While Goldblum will not be appearing in the new film, he recently confirmed that he will be back for director Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day 2, which like Jurassic World is still awaiting a completed script. Universal has set the release for Jurassic World for next June, and Twentieth Century Fox is looking to release Independence Day 2 a month later. Let’s hope they stay on schedule with production!
Fans of the 1996 Sci-Fi blockbuster Independence Day have been waiting more than a year now to hear definitively if Will Smith will be returning for the 20-year follow up. Deadline Hollywood recently reported that Smith is still not likely to join the project, having already informed Twentieth Century Fox of his departure. The official word is still not out, however, because according to Deadline Smith is still going back and forth about whether or not he wants to star in the picture or not. While this comes as bad news for many fans, the production company has been planning for this all along. As we learned last year, Fox has two separate scripts ready for the film, one which includes Smith’s character, and the other that does not include him. Director Roland Emmerich is supposed to be meeting with Smith sometime in the near future to have a final discussion regarding his appearance, but until that happens everything revolving around the film is still up in the air. I’m sure Will Smith is enjoying a bit of a power-trip, keeping Hollywood and movie fans on edge for a sequel that will be released exactly 20 years to the day since the original was released, but we’ll wait and see what happens. I feel that even if Smith doesn’t take on a big role in the film he will still make an appearance (like Johnny Depp did with 21 Jump Street) but we’ll have to wait for that final meeting to be sure.
2015 will be a year consumed with almost nothing but new spins on old ideas, a few comedies and scary flicks, and one or two big dramas. The number of movies that have sequels coming out in 2015 is almost countless. Ranging from sequels to recent movies like Ted, Man of Steel, The Avengers, James Bond, and The Hunger Games, there will also be sequels to movies that have long passed the point of making sequels. This list includes Mission: Impossible, Star Wars, The Terminator, Jurassic Park, and until recently, even a sequel to Independence Day! Don’t worry! Independence Day 2 is still happening, but the production company has pushed the release date back to summer 2016. The movie will bring director Roland Emmerich back to the project, and there is word around popular media outlets that there are two scripts being prepped: one that features Will Smith’s character, and another that does not. The new release date for the project is set for July 2016, exactly 20 years after the release of the original film in July 1996.
Mission: Impossible will also be on it’s 5th sequel, James Bond’s total mission count will hit 24, and Star Wars will be on number 7, and it will literally be Star Wars: Episode VII seeing as it follows the original films that were labeled episodes IV, V, and VI. Will Hollywood add anymore repeats to our list or have we finally hit the breaking point? We still have about a year and a half for a quick production to get underway, but let’s hope all applications are in by the end of this Spring, otherwise we’re in for a shit show!
Some poor city will once again fall victim to that giant, radioactive lizard known for destroying everything in its path. Yes, I’m talking about Godzilla! The dinosaur-like monster of the big screens will be making a come-back next year in a new movie directed by Gareth Edwards and released through Legendary Pictures. The last person we saw take on Godzilla was Matthew Broderick on the streets of New York City under director Roland Emmerich back in 1998; not a fantastic movie, but entertaining all the same. Gareth Edwards is a British filmmaker best known for his independent movie Monsters (2010), for which he wrote, directed and worked as visual effects artist and cinemaphotographer. Godzilla is set for a release date in May 2014.