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Independence Day Sequel To Start Filming In May


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The 'Independence Day' sequel will begin filming next year.

The long-anticipated follow-up to the 1996 sci-fi adventure starring Will Smith, has been given the green light to start filming in May with a release date set for 2016.

Although Smith, 46, hasn't signed up to reprise his role as Captain Steven Hillier, the film's original director Roland Emmerich is tipped to return to helm the movie.

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'Independence Day' Sequel Will Go Ahead Without 'Expensive' Will Smith


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Two Independence Day sequels have been scheduled to be released in July 2015 probably without the star of the first film, Will Smith. In an interview with the director of the upcoming film, Roland Emmerich (who directed Channing Tatum in White House Down), said Will Smith is "too expensive". He also said it was because Smith is "too much of a marquee name".

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Director Roland Emmerich at the 10,000BC Premiere, L.A. in 2008

Emmerich directed the first Independence Day, in 1996. However, after 17 years Emmerich is aware he is not only catering for an audience who remember the first film but for those who "are new" to the concept. Hence if Smith were to appear in the upcoming sequel, comparisons will be too easily made. In many respects this could alienate (excuse the terrible pun) the new audience. 

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Roland Emmerich Wants Independence Day 'series'


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Roland Emmerich wants to make a ''series'' of 'Independence Day' films.

The director - who helmed the 1996 alien invasion blockbuster starring Will Smith, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum - previously announced that he has begun work on two sequels, tentatively titled 'ID Forever Part 2' and 'ID Forever Part 3', but he has now suggested he would like to create more films in the franchise.

Emmerich and co-writer Dean Devlin propose that the follow-up movies would explore the mythology behind the extraterrestrial invasion seen in the first movie, opening the door for more sequels.

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Independence Day Sequel Set 20 Years Later


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'Independence Day 2' will take place 20 years after the original.

Director Roland Emmerich has outlined his ideas for two proposed sequels to the 1996 alien invasion blockbuster starring Will Smith, and has already completed scripts for the follow-up films, which are tentatively titled 'ID Forever Part 1' and 'ID Forever Part 2'.

He told Entertainment Weekly: ''The humans knew that one day the aliens would come. And they know that the only way you can really travel in space is through wormholes. So for the aliens, it could take two or three weeks, but for us that's 20 or 25 years.''

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Independence Day Producers Working On Sequel


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'Independence Day' producers are working on a sequel.

Dean Devlin revealed he is re-teaming with Roland Emmerich for the first time in 11 years to work on a follow up to the 1996 disaster movie - which starred Will Smith, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum - and the scriptwriter admits the pair are ''excited'' about creating a sequel, which is currently making good progress.

He said: ''I can't say that it's going to happen, but I can say that for the first time in 11 years, Roland Emmerich and I are working together.

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The 2012 Saturn Awards At Castaways

Beth Riesgraf and Dean Devlin - Beth Riesgraf, Dean Devlin Thursday 26th July 2012 The 2012

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Beth Riesgraf
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National Multiple Sclerosis Society's 37th Annual Dinner Of Champions

Dean Devlin and Lisa Brenner - Dean Devlin and wife Lisa Brenner Century City, California - National Multiple Sclerosis Society's 37th annual Dinner of Champions Monday 12th September 2011

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The 2009 Saturn Awards At The Castaways

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40th Anniversary Celebration Of Stanley Kramer's Film 'Guess Who's Coming To Dinner' At The Hammer Museum

Dean Devlin and Hammer Museum Monday 11th February 2008 40th Anniversary Celebration of Stanley Kramer's Film 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner' at the Hammer Museum Los Angeles, California

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Dean Devlin and Hammer Museum
Kat Kramer, Dean Devlin, Karen Kramer, Lexine Wong and Hammer Museum

Swayze Defends Gibson


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Hollywood star Patrick Swayze is the latest celebrity to defend Mel Gibson, following his controversial drink driving arrest last month (28JUL06).
The Lethal Weapon star issued a apology last week (ends04AUG06) after it was revealed he had made anti-Semetic comments in a drunken tirade on a Malibu, California highway.
While some Hollywood producers and agents have stepped forward to condemn Gibson's drunken slurs, the actor's pals - producer Dean Devlin and actress Jodie Foster have offered their support to the troubled star.
Swayze says, "Mel is a wonderful human being. He is not anti-Semetic.
"People say stupid things when they happen to have a few (drinks), and especially if you don't drink any more, or have limited your drinking for a long time and all of a sudden you decide to have one too many with the boys - you are stupid."
The Dirty Dancing star is confident the incident will not affect Gibson's career, adding, "When you are a pit bull, and you love what you do and you are going to continue to grow, that talent will find its way out.
"Talent deserves to be honoured. Hands deserve to be slapped if you do something stupid as well, but don't take it too far."

Producer Devlin Defends Gibson


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LATEST: Jewish movie-maker Dean Devlin has added his support to disgraced Hollywood star Mel Gibson, insisting he's never encountered anti-Semite attitudes from the actor.
Gibson has been attacked by sections of the Hollywood community for blasting Jews in front of a Jewish highway patrolman, who arrested Gibson for driving drunk in Malibu, California last month (28JUL06).
Gibson has since apologised for his remarks and called for Jewish community groups, who are furious with him, to help him save his good name.
And Devlin, who worked with the star on The Patriot, is prepared to forgive the rant, branding alcohol the cause of the outburst.
He says, "If Mel is an anti-Semite, then he spends a lot of time with us, which makes no sense.
"But he is an alcoholic, and while that makes no excuse for what he said, because there is no excuse, I believe it was the disease speaking, not the man."

Eight Legged Freaks Review


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Spiders are annoying little creatures that always find ways to invade your space. Many people find the sight of them scary, but usually a good-soled shoe is the best defense. But the spiders of Eight Legged Freaks are so massive that a shoe won't even dent their exoskeleton; too bad the film itself leaves a similarly lackluster impression.

In the Arizona desert town of Prosperity, there is little to get excited about - not even the sparkling new shopping mall can bring energy to this lifeless place. But when a toxic spill oozes its way to a spider farm (local industry!), the spiders mutate into gigantic monsters and this sleepy town is in for a rude awakening. After eating up the dog, cat, and ostrich population, hundreds of hungry eight-legged beasts are ready to feast on the residents. It is now up to a love-struck miner (David Arquette), the best-looking sheriff since Suzanne Somers (Kari Wuhrer), her kids (Scarlett Johansson and Scott Terra), and an annoying ham-radio operator (Doug E. Doug) to save this who-really-cares little town.

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Godzilla (1998) Review


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The sad thing about the cast of the new Gozilla is this: you can't put a name for the part of Godzilla. In lieu of such, I state that Godzilla stars Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Maria Pitillo, Hank Azaria, Kevin Dunn, and a really big lizard.

Any movie that has a cast like that should give you an immediate clue as to the cinematic quality.

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Stargate Review


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When did I miss the event that made Stargate worthy of an "Ultimate Edition" DVD, complete with director's cut? I guess that MacGyver-starring TV show thing is more popular than I thought.

Anyway, if you're unfamiliar with Stargate, the story is pretty straightforward. Military types unearth a big metal ring encoded with Egyptian hieroglyphics, then import a kooky archeologist (James Spader) to figure out what it does -- which, within 30 minutes, involves the opening up of a portal to another world, millions of light years away.

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