Turns out there's gonna be 2 Independence Day sequels (but no Will Smith)

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Jun 24, 2013, 9:52 AM EDT

Today we declare our Independence Day! Twice. 

Director Roland Emmerich is out in the world doing his best to promote his latest offering, White House Down, but, as ever, people are more interested in hearing about the possibility of an Independence Day sequel. If you happen to be one of those people, hang on to your hat, because things just got real. Real official, that is.

Twentieth Century Fox has formally announced it plans to make not one, but TWO ID4 sequels, tentatively titled ID Forever Part I and Part II.

But just because there will be more movies doesn't mean that the whole gang's getting back together. Yes, Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin will be taking the reins on the sequels, but at least one notable person will be absent. Says Emmerich:

Will Smith can not come back because he’s too expensive, but he’d also be too much of a marquee name. It would be too much. We have like maybe half of the people that you know would know from the first film and the other half people who are new.

As of now, the only actor who is, apparently, promising to return is Jeff Goldblum. Which is great news, especially if we need to give any aliens a cold.

As for whether this is a reboot, a sequel or something in between, Emmerich explains, "We’re not doing a total reboot, we’re doing something that’s totally unusual." That sounds like a continuation to us, just not an immediate one. With an approximate 2015 release date, we could imagine the movie taking place, oh, say, 20 years after the first one.

But do enough people still care about Independence Day to see it even without WIll Smith?

(via Bleeding Cool)