Deadline Confirms Will Smith Has Officially Declined INDEPENDENCE DAY 2

Deadline Confirms Will Smith Has Officially Declined INDEPENDENCE DAY 2

We've known for a while that Will Smith (i, Robot) was not too keen on reprising his role in the sequel to the 1996 hit, Independence Day, but now it looks like the news is official with Deadline reporting that Smith has informed the studio he won't be back.

It's been common knowledge for a while now that star Will Smith wasn't very interested in suiting up again in a sequel to his 1996 smashhit, Independence Day, but despite that, 20th Century Fox was still holding out hope he'd change his mind, well until now that is. Deadline is reporting that Smith has informed the studio that he will not be reuniting with director Roland Emmerich for the sequel.

The sequel is still being actively developed as many, including Emmerich, had anticipated this decision for some time. A first draft written by Emmerich and co-writer/producer Dean Devlin has already been submitted to the studio and then subsequently handed over to The Amazing Spider-Man writer, James Vanderbilt, for additional work. Due to Smith's indecisiveness, Vanderbilt has been working on two different scripts, one that would center around Smith's character, Captain Steven Hiller, and one that wouldn't. Even though it is highly unlikely, some believe that Smith might pull a Dwight Howard and change his mind once again.

Independence Day 2, with or without Smith, has an anticipated release of July 4th weekend, 2016, which is also the 20th anniversary for the original film.

Smith is also not expected to return in Men in Black 4. Sony Pictures is now looking to reboot the franchise. He can be seen next in the Colin Farrell-starrer, Winter's Tale, and later in Focus, starring opposite Margot Robbie.

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JoJo1982 - 2/7/2014, 4:39 PM
He prolly wants to be in a marvel movie instead
MrCBM56 - 2/7/2014, 4:40 PM
Good for him. A sequel is unnecessary.
McNyagano - 2/7/2014, 4:42 PM
Will Smith gets paid a salary of 20 million upfront with some box office takings too. That way too much imo. He should do what RDJ did, rather than take an upfront salary, he should take just a small percentage of the B. O instead.
JoJo1982 - 2/7/2014, 4:42 PM
Plz no more MIB movies

That's so 90s
Ramiel - 2/7/2014, 4:49 PM
Why is this getting a sequel?
TonyChu - 2/7/2014, 4:49 PM
No Jaden Smith, no Will Smith.
Niklander - 2/7/2014, 4:50 PM
It seems wise.I mean come on do we really need an Independence Day sequel!?I am not crossing it yet but I am not overly excited about it!!!
Emmerich should focus on that damn Stargate reboot!!!!
Humperdink - 2/7/2014, 4:59 PM

Yeah he has to focus on his new career, Jaden Smith.

thor2273 - 2/7/2014, 5:06 PM
Good for him because Will needs to stat making better movies. He hasn't made a good one since I Am Legend and a lot of that had to do with that awesome dog.
SaxoWolf - 2/7/2014, 5:09 PM
So it's Bad Boys 3 eh, Will ?
MrReese - 2/7/2014, 5:19 PM
MediaMan - 2/7/2014, 5:29 PM
Snidely, you beat me to it. Smith is making crap like After Earth, but won't do ID2?

I saw a possible plot summary several years for an ID sequel, and frankly it was a much better story than the original. It probably either wasn't authentic, or just an idea being kicked around, but I do think a sequel could work.

The summary involved the idea that the ship that attacked Earth was only one of many, & the rest were waiting outside the solar system. Meanwhile, Earth adapted the alien technology, & built its own ships- fighters, I think. The two forces met in battle in the asteroid belt. Sounded pretty cool to me, but I doubt that's the story we'll see, of course.
thor2273 - 2/7/2014, 5:33 PM
@SnidelyWhiplash Oh god help us all
nikgrid - 2/7/2014, 5:40 PM
Good because ID4 was total shit.
ALmazing - 2/7/2014, 5:40 PM
Making sure his son becomes super famous most be taking a lot of his time.
AsgardianHobo - 2/7/2014, 5:41 PM
Men in Black reboot? Sounds shitty

JoJo1982 - 2/7/2014, 5:41 PM
He needs to get with Martin Lawerence and do Bad Boys 3
Omarvls - 2/7/2014, 5:42 PM
Reboot Men in Black

and then what?
supermarioworldE - 2/7/2014, 5:42 PM
Understandably so.

The first movie was terrible.
sKeemAn - 2/7/2014, 5:43 PM
I honestly do not want a sequel to ID. The first was good enough. Roland Emmerich needs to focus on new work not old.
sKeemAn - 2/7/2014, 5:44 PM

Now that would work. Will & Martin are absolutely hilarious together.
Ocelot - 2/7/2014, 5:49 PM
He probably tried to turn it into another Jayden Smith vehicle, we want you Will!, not you're uncharismatic, unlikeable and untalented boy.
TheDemonsHead - 2/7/2014, 5:55 PM
who cares
BenjiWest - 2/7/2014, 5:56 PM
This means no song....
SauronsBANE - 2/7/2014, 5:56 PM
Wait, you people don't like Independence Day?? It's a friggin classic! It's awfulness is exactly what makes it so good!

Seriously good for Will Smith though. A sequel is totally unnecessary. Rebooting Men in Black is even more unnecessary. C'mon Hollywood, come up with some original ideas for a change!
SuperCat - 2/7/2014, 5:58 PM
Guess he won't be gettin' jiggy with it.

beane2099 - 2/7/2014, 6:03 PM
Time to hit up Alfonso Ribiero.
BenjiWest - 2/7/2014, 6:04 PM
Will smith should've been begging to be in it, not like After Earth was such a hit.
smallvile559 - 2/7/2014, 6:07 PM
That blows. Don't really give a damn about ID2 with or without will smith, but MIB without will smith as J just sounds like all kinds of Hollywood suck:/
Demongod20 - 2/7/2014, 6:10 PM

Looks like I won't be seeing INDEPENDENCE DAY 2.
beane2099 - 2/7/2014, 6:11 PM
I don't know why this is getting a sequel now anyways. If they were gonna do this it should have been 15 years ago when the movie was still unique and not one of a hundred other world destruction flicks out there. My opinion (for all that's worth), not having Will Smith is gonna hurt this movie.
CaptShipwreck - 2/7/2014, 6:22 PM
Jayden smith ..... Anybody else get the vibes he plays for the other team ? Not that there 's anything wrong with that
SLEDGE - 2/7/2014, 6:23 PM
The issue is Will Smith would have legitimized this movie. It's been in development hell for how long now? This takes away from any of the steam that ID2 was starting to gain. For far too many people, no Smith = no ticket.
Space - 2/7/2014, 6:24 PM
macfint - 2/7/2014, 6:24 PM
here comes nic cage!
Gnyah123 - 2/7/2014, 6:26 PM
yes i agree this movie doesnt really need a sequel not sure why
there are some movies that just dont need sequels

dumb n dumber 2 (carrey n daniels are back)
Gnyah123 - 2/7/2014, 6:27 PM
i still think and i hope michael B jordan will take up the role as his son/step son...(The little kid) from the first movie
gaikinger - 2/7/2014, 6:32 PM
this movie was sooooo cheesy......who is wanting this sequel. Lets get Dredd 2 first!
batz11 - 2/7/2014, 6:50 PM
Watching "After Earth" I realized, his career is done, at least for the time being...seriously, between him and his talentless son, one of the worst acted movies I've ever seen!
Namor - 2/7/2014, 6:52 PM
This was a classic in late 90's. Why woulden't they have a part 2 with CGI and all that coming as far as it has since then? And why would Will Smith pass this up? What else is he doing?
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