It’s a sequel that really nobody asked for but we’re still apparently getting anyways as Roland Emmerich and company are getting back together to make Independence Day 2. And by getting the band back together we mean just Roland Emmerich and really no one else as he’s the main name from the original film to stay on for the sequel that is set to come over 20 years later.
But not all is excellent behind the scenes as it appears not many of the original cast members want to come back and the script is now being re-written before filming and casting can get underway. According to Deadline, the studio has hired Carter Blanchard to help re-write the script as the release date for the film continues to be in flux.
Fox has set Carter Blanchard to do a new draft of the Independence Day sequel that Roland Emmerich has committed to direct for a July 1, 2016, release. The first draft was done by Emmerich and Dean Devlin, and then James Vanderbilt.
Blanchard is a bit a of a new face in Hollywood as unlike other screenwriters for big budget films, he’s only ever really sold a spec script which means he’s most famous for not having ever really written anything at all. Spec scripts aren’t actual scripts rather they’re more or less long winded ideas for movies that include elements of a traditional script but aren’t actually a script.
For Independence Day 2 though, Blanchard has a chance to make a name for himself as expectations aren’t really all that high for a movie that no one asked for which means there’s little risk and a lot of reward in store if the re-writes get the film right.