A sequel (or two) to “Independence Day” without Will Smith? According to Bill Pullman, who played the President in the 1996 original (and is playing one yet again in a new TV sitcom), that’s a possibility that could actually happen.
While out promoting his new sitcom “1600 Penn” to the assembled throngs at the Television Critics Association, the inevitable question about the much talked about “Independence Day” sequel came up. (Heck, at one point they were talking a two-parter.) So what are the chances of an “ID4″ without Will “Box Office Gold” Smith?
That’s a possibility, says Pullman:
The Will Smith part of it may be ongoing but I think there’s strategies for both. I like what I have to do in both of them. I’m not in an old age home in a wheelchair being wheeled out for one more moment. It’s a very interesting conception of what happens to Whitmore between then and when it picks back up.
Whitmore, of course, is Pullman’s Presidential character from the original.
But does Pullman think it will actually happen?
Nobody’s holding their breath because it’s been continually plagued.
I honestly don’t think it would happen, either, unless Will Smith really needs a hit, then like all action heroes whose career has gone cold, he would be looking at returning to a sure-fire hit. That would be an “Independence Day” sequel (or two). But right now, Smith has no need to jumpstart a career that’s still going strong.
Also, I think people were gung-ho about doing another “Independence Day” because of the sci-fi invasion fad of a few years ago. Back then, everyone was rushing an alien invasion movie onto the big screen, but after most of those films failed to live up to the hype (and big budgets), I think Hollywood has moved on.
Still, though, I wouldn’t mind seeing a couple of new “Independence Day” movies, even if the 1996 original pretty much put a nice little bow on things. I mean, it’s not like we’ve been wondering what those alien buggers are up to, right? They’re dead. Will Smith killed them. ‘Nuff said.
Via : Crave