Roland Emmerich preps ID4 sequel with (and without) Will Smith

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Oct 24, 2013, 5:09 PM EDT (Updated)

With Will Smith still undecided about appearing in the sequel to Independence Day, director Roland Emmerich is preparing for both possibilities.

Speaking with The Playlist today while doing press for the home-video release of this past summer's White House Down, Emmerich said that work on Independence Day 2 (we refuse to call it ID Foreverthe rumored title) has been "a daily battle" over the budget, the cast and the production's schedule, but that things are "looking good" for the planned 2015 release.

Asked whether Will Smith will be coming back, however, Emmerich got cagey, but finally admitted that there are "two versions" of the script in existence -- one with Smith's fighter-pilot character and one without. Yet he added that Smith's involvement was also "looking good."

If Smith doesn't return, will we see a larger role for his character's son, rumored to be played by Chronicle's Michael B. Jordan? And will that also give all-but-confirmed returning cast members Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman more to do if Smith decides to pass?

The decision on which Independence Day 2 we'll eventually see seems to rest solely with Smith at the moment, but one other thing is confirmed: It will only be one movie. Despite flirting with the idea of shooting two sequels back to back at one point, Emmerich said he's changed his mind about that: "I thought about spending four years of my life on one movie and I didn't want to turn into something from the movie. It's a movie about aliens, I don't want to turn into an alien."

Independence Day 2 -- with or without Will Smith -- is scheduled to come out July 3, 2015. Which version would you prefer?

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