There’s been a lot of talk about Will Smith circling around doing Men in Black 3, but now a rumor has surfaced that he’s also getting back in the cockpit for two sequels to his 1996 breakout hit Independence Day, which helped transform him from teen-rap sitcom goofball into the full-fledged movie star he is today.
This would be a bit of a reversal for director Roland Emmerich, who had said back during the promotional tour for 2012 that he was likely done with disaster epics. One also has to wonder if Smith is reeling a little from the lackluster reception that his underrated film Seven Pounds received, which ended his streak of eight consecutive films opening at #1 at the box office. This could be why there’s so much sequel talk around Smith, including ‘in production’ listings for the third Men in Black, the second Hancock, and even a sequel to I, Robot. Conversely, maybe Smith just wants to have some fun and pay back the guy who helped make his career, as many accounts seem to paint Emmerich as a fun and pleasant guy to work with.
If this were to become a reality, it would start after Emmerich’s current Shakespeare thriller entitled Anonymous as well as after whatever Smith’s next project is going to be, which may very well be making that black suit look good again. Should it shake out that way, at least Smith will have some practice fighting aliens before stepping back into the flight suit of Captain Steve Hiller to kick the tires and light the fires.
What do you think? Do you want to see more full-scale alien warfare with the sweeping panorama of destruction in which Emmerich specializes, or have you had your fill?