It seems producer/writer Dean Devlin of the popular Independence Day franchise has no plans of making a sequel to the 2016 released film Independence Day: Resurgence.
LRM caught up with Dean Devlin over the weekend while he was promoting his new horror thriller Bad Samaritan at WonderCon in Anaheim, California. When Devlin was asked about the potential for another Independence Day film, he didn’t specifically state that there wouldn’t be a third film.
In fact, he tried to separate himself from the franchise, saying, “I don’t know. I don’t know. Currently, I personally have no plans on doing another one.”
Notably, the first Independence Day movie released back in 1996 was a worldwide hit at the global box office with a total collection of more than $817 million ($306 million domestically, $511 million overseas). The jaw-dropping action-blockbuster solidified Will Smith as a film star. The film was successful enough to call for the makers to go for a sequel.
Interestingly, it took around 20 years for the filmmakers to release the sequel film titled Independence Day: Resurgence. As the success of the first film doesn’t guarantee that the sequel will also turn out to be as successful, the same happened with Resurgence.
Although the sequel earned around $390M worldwide, almost double its budget of $165M, it wasn’t as well received by the audiences as the first film. The critics panned Independence Day: Resurgence heavily. The film it earned a rating of 30 percent on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes. This likely influenced audiences’ lukewarm reception to the film. On top of it, Independence Day: Resurgence was also nominated for Worst Picture and Worst Director by the Razzies.
It may be the case that the failure of the Resurgence has restricted the makers from making a sequel to the 2016 film. At this point of time, it remains a mystery if fans will ever get to see a new Independence Day franchise movie.
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