"INDEPENDENCE DAY 2" & "STARGATE":
Director Roland Emmerich is full of exciting news these days. As one of precious few action directors willing to take some risks, Emmerich is stepping forward again to mess with his own history.
First, it looks like "Independence Day 2" will meet the revised 2016 deadline for the 20th Anniversary of the original film. It sounds like Will Smith has stepped off his high horse and is considering a small role in this sequel. Anyone who's seen "Men in Black III" and "AfterEarth" knows that Will Smith is mostly a star in his own universe but not so much anywhere else. That's one of the side effects of being self-centered, arrogant and stupid.
Emmerich's other news is an intent, following a discussion with the folks at MGM, to reboot/sequel "Stargate". His intent is to make it a trilogy and the hope is that the project will interest James Spader and Kurt Russell who both starred in the original film. This could be a most interesting development, especially if it completely departs from everything we've already seen in the four television spinoffs since that original film. If anyone can accomplish that, Emmerich can.
Director Alan Taylor ("Thor: The Dark World", "Game of Thrones") will direct the new "Terminator" film according to Variety Magazine. It's being touted as a reboot and the first of a stand-alone trilogy. Arnold Schwarzenegger still insists he will be involved with the project but there is and has been no official confirmation of that happening. It's difficult to imagine a Terminator film without Arnold (or his image as in the exoskeletons in "Terminator Salvation").
Now that a director has been signed, a more clearcut storyline should be leaked very soon and that will include more accurate information as to Arnold's involvement. It's no secret he wants to return to the franchise and his presence will hardly be a detriment. Information and speculation reported earlier on this page could still turn out to be accurate but for now it's best to assume that nothing has been decided and the slate is blank. Fans just want a really good movie, one that stands up alongside the first two.
Stay tuned for details as they unfold.