Roland Emmerich Opens Up About ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’

Independence Day: Resurgence arrives in theaters this weekend and Roland Emmerich is once again in charge with saving the entire world. It has been twenty years since Independence Day debuted in theaters and helped to launch the career of Emmerich.

Now in preparation for the film’s release, Emmerich spoke with and opened up about what it was like to return to this franchise and if in fact that cast and crew really does believe that we are not alone in the universe.

Emmerich discussed the fact that this movie was his first time returning to a film but he wanted it to feel like an original piece.

“It’s like my first sequel in a way and I tried to make it as little a sequel as possible because I don’t like them very much. I tried to make this a new and original movie as possible. It was great fun to work for these great actors again. I just love actors, especially that group. I think back 20 years ago and it’s so special to work with these guys.”

He also addressed the possibility of having a third film in this franchise.

“I hope I am still making movies in 20 years. I don’t know. I’m happy I did it because it’s a great celebration of something. Independence Day, in a way, put me on the map in a big way and get me to do a lot of movies. The studio always kept saying, “Do a sequel, do a sequel,” and I said, “I don’t like sequels. I don’t like sequels.” Then after 20 years and you get older, you know that you owe it to the studio and you owe it to the actors because the actors were very interested in doing it. I don’t know.

You come up with something and you try and give your best and it’s interesting, but will I do this more often? I don’t think so because I have all these new ideas for original movies and I try to be one of these directors who still does original movies. When you look at our film industry, it’s pretty sad what you see around you. I’m not a comic book fan really, and because I’m not a fan, I’m not doing them. I grew up in Germany. We don’t grow up with comic books.”

The focus of Independence Day is the battle for Earth, so the question arose, do the cast and crew of Resurgence believe in aliens?

“We constantly talk about it. Personally, I always hope aliens would exist but I don’t quite know either. It’s possible to believe in zombies or werewolves, but it’s great characters.”

“We always knew they were coming back. After INDEPENDENCE DAY redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global catastrophe on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.”

Independence Day: Resurgence is out June 24.


Chelsea Lewis

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