Video: Back in 1994, few could have predicted what Stargate would become. The original film was a hit, but what happened after is damn near unprecedented. Not a theatrical sequel, no, but several popular television series and a rabid fandom that far overshadowed the people who saw the original movie in theatres.
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Independence Day: Resurgence seemed like it was going to be such an obvious hit. But the sequel to the 1996 mega-blockbuster, released this past week, simply wasn't very good. Even so, I really, really hope we get a third ID4 instalment, because the next movie, as we see teased in Resurgence, looks like it would be amazing.
Independence Day: Resurgence feels like someone took the original film and fast forwarded to only the action scenes. Maybe that sounds good to you, and certainly the sequel's epic scope exceeds its predecessor. But without characters that mean anything to us, there's no drama or tension to the second round of this intergalactic war.
We've known that Roland Emmerich has been planning on continuing his 1994 film Stargate for a while, but while chatting with the press about Independence Day: Resurgence, he and producer Dean Devlin have been dropping some more hints about what's next for the franchise.
The alien invasion movie is a proven subset of the sci-fi genre. It's ripe for all kinds of interpretations, from pure action like Independence Day, to social fears like Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Now, there are two brand new, very different alien invasion ships are being shopped around Hollywood.
We haven't even seen the second Independence Day movie yet but, by the simple fact it's a sequel to Independence Day, we know what to expect: Disaster and destruction on a global level. However, several years ago, director Roland Emmerich was planning an Independence Day sequel that wasn't going to include any of that.