Independence Day director scrapped peaceful storyline for sequel

Independence Day director Roland Emmerich originally wanted to make a follow-up where the aliens came to earth in peace.

The second Independence Day was originally about peace, inspired by the events of 9/11.

The alien franchise is back for a follow up to the 1996 original, with Independence Day: Resurgence hitting screens from 22 June (16). While Will Smith has opted not to return, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman and Vivica A. Fox are all back, joined by newcomers Liam Hemsworth and Maika Monroe.

During a guest editing stint at Empire magazine, director Roland Emmerich shed some light on how the new movie came to be.

"It was after 9/11 and (producer) Dean (Devlin) and I wanted to make the movie about peace, and it just didn’t work," he admitted. "There’s still an element of that in the new one, but that version was only about that. We shoot aliens down accidentally and then at the end of the movie they land on the White House lawn and say 'we come in peace' and that was it. It was just too weak an idea and we didn’t really want to do it. It didn’t have an Independence Day feel. Only the alien ship was destroyed!"

Roland happily answered fans' questions while he acted as editor on the film industry magazine, confessing that a sequel wasn’t on the cards for him when the first movie came out. However after the studio kept asking for one, he finally caved in.

"I always felt that Independence Day was a standalone film," he stated. "But over the years I realised how iconic the film had become for people and I was repeatedly asked by (20th Century) Fox to do it. What really did it was just how amazing film technology is these days and how restricted I felt in ’95/’96 when I did the original one. But it’s not a traditional sequel."

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