Roland Emmerich Eyes Another Independence Day and More Stargate


It’s been some time since his Stargate and Independence Day hit theaters in the 1990s, but director Roland Emmerich today tells The Hollywood Reporter that both sci-fi properties could be headed back to the big screen.

Independence Day, which is slated for a 3D re-release on July 3rd of next year, would go the sequel route and Emmerich has been working with his former creative partner Dean Devlin to get the story together.

“[C]reatively, for the very first time since we did the original, I feel we have a worthy concept, a worthy path to go,” he says. “…Whether or not we can make this happen, if we can get all the pieces to come together, that’s gonna be challenging.”

Plans for Stargate, meanwhile, are bit less distinct. “Stargate has always had this empty hole,” he adds. “When we made the first one, we always intended on doing part two and three, and we were prevented for years. And our hope is that we can get another chance at Stargate and tell the entire story we wanted to tell.”

Emmerich’s next, White House Down, is set to star Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx and Maggie Gyllenhaal and deals with a paramilitary takeover of the White House. Today, Variety revealed that James Woods is in talks to join the cast, playing the head of the President’s secret service detail.