Independence Day 3D has been cancelled or postponed?
Independence Day, one of the biggest (and most unbearably dull) blockbusters of the '90s won't be getting a 3D release, according to various online reports. And there's more – or rather, less: 20th Century Fox has reportedly been mum about previously announced (potential) 3D sequels to Roland Emmerich's neuron-killing sci-fier starring Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, and Bill Pullman, namely ID Forever - Part I and ID Forever - Part II. (Image: Will Smith Independence Day movie.)
Back in 1996/97, Emmerich's Independence Day movie grossed $817.4 million worldwide, $306.16 million of which in North America. (That figure would represent about $550m today.) Independence Day 3D was scheduled to open on July 3, 2013, but Box Office Mojo currently has a "TBD" date for the film.
Now, of course, "TBD" means "To Be Determined." In other words, reports that Fox has cancelled Independence Day 3D could well be premature. Fox may simply be distancing ID3D from another Roland Emmerich flick, the Channing Tatum actioner White House Down, which opens on June 26, 2013. Although White House Down doesn't feature aliens, the White House – much like in Independence Day – plays a key role in the movie. (The White House Down villains are members of a paramilitary group.)
Fox's 3D rereleases currently set for 2013 are the Star Wars prequels Star Wars: Episode II - Attacks of the Clones 3D on September 20, and Star Wars: Episode II - Revenge of the Sith 3D on October 4.
Independence Day movie cast
Besides the aforementioned Will Smith, Bill Pullman, and Jeff Goldblum, the Independence Day cast includes Vivica A. Fox, Randy Quaid, Mary McDonnell, Margaret Colin, Adam Baldwin, Robert Loggia, Judd Hirsch, Brent Spiner, Lisa Jakub, and Harvey Fierstein. Fierstein, by the way, plays one of the most stomach-churning gay characters ever portrayed on screen. And that's kinda surprising, considering some of the key behind-the-scenes talent involved in the making of Independence Day. But then again, maybe it shouldn't be so surprising after all.
Will Smith Independence Day movie photo: 20th Century Fox.