The original Independence Day came out way back in 1996, and ever since, there have been rumours, high hopes and speculation that a sequel was in the works. At one point writer Dean Devlin was even commissioned to write a script for the sequel, but returned the money when he felt his work didn’t live up to the original film.
While Independence Day isn’t ever going to be selected by Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry, its legacy as one of the most exciting and enjoyable summer blockbusters has held strong in the almost 20 years since it was first released. And now that the team behind the original film, Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, claim they’ve cracked the story for an effective sequel, we can all start looking forward to what will hopefully be another extravagant, over the top explosion-fest in the near future.
Sequels rarely match their predecessors, and with so much time passed between the original Independence Day and its follow up, there’s a very good chance that this film will not justify the wait. Nevertheless, we can dream, and so here are ten ways for Independence Day 2 to not suck:
10. Get The Band Back Together
Bring back the original cast. The whole thing. Or, at least everyone who survived (sorry Randy Quaid). Sure, a lot of time has passed, but one of the best things about Independence Day was how Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, and Bill Pullman all played off of one another. For a sequel to work, at least those three all need to be back in the fold. Perhaps they’re national heroes after the first film, maybe they’re all suffering from PTSD and are reluctantly called back into action. But without Smith, Goldblum, and Pullman, it won’t be Independence Day.
Don’t forget the side characters either. Goldblum and Smith each had children in the first film that would be of prime alien-fighting age in this one. Maybe former Defense Secretary Nimziki has used his slimy politics to climb the ladder into a position of high authority in the years since the original invasion. And please, for the love of God, bring back Judd Hirsch as Jeff Goldblum’s father.
Bring back the original pieces, and the film will be set up to please the fans that have waited so long for it.
This article was first posted on March 12, 2013