Where Independence Day 2 went wrong, according to its director

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Roland Emmerich had admitted he has regrets over making Independence Day: Resurgence.

Director Roland Emmerich returns to cinemas for the first time since 2016 this week, with his new war film, Midway. The film arrives on Friday.

It’s his first movie since Independence Day: Resurgence, and Emmerich – in conversation with Yahoo! Movies, has admitted that he has regrets he made that particular film.

He went into the project believing that Will Smith was returning to play the lead role in the film. But a spanner was thrown into the works of Independence Day 2 when Smith ultimately opted out, to make Suicide Squad instead.

“I just wanted to make a movie exactly like the first”, Emmerich admitted, but that plan was derailed when Smith left when the project was getting quite advanced. “I should have stopped making the movie because we had a much better script, then I had to really fast, cobble another script together”, he admitted.

Not a great script, either, and the film – on its release – would be met with tepid reviews, and box office takings far below the original. “I should have just said no because all of a sudden I was making something I criticised myself: a sequel”, Emmerich added.

It’s well worth giving the full interview a read, and you can find it at Yahoo, here.

Independence Day: Resurgence is available on disc and download.

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