'Independence Day 2' and '3' No Longer Shooting Back-to-Back

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Whether Independence Day 3 will get made or not depends entirely on how Independence Day 2 did at the box office, according to director Roland Emmerich. This point is important because ID2 and ID3 is one story told over two movies, with the second one ending in a cliffhanger. Want to know how the story ends, better do your part to prop up that box office figure.

"We'll only do the first part because we want to have the audience decide if they want to see the second, otherwise it feels arrogant," Emmerich told Empire. "But I'm pretty confident, with the right script..."

That qualifier is kind of telling because the movie is set for release on July 3, 2015, but it looks like the script is far from ready.

Just a couple weeks ago, Emmerich admitted that things are changing every month still, particularly if Will Smith is part of the sequel plans or not (they're having meetings), and that 2016 is more realistic for when the movie will come out. When it does though, we can expect to learn more about the invading aliens.

"We've created a mythology around these aliens," Emmerich said, "which is really cool. You have to create a mythology because people want to see a bigger picture."

And if the first two sequels are successful, more movies may be forthcoming.

"We have this domino human spirit to believe in good and overcoming enemies," Emmerich said. "It's a little bit about that, and when you get a bigger mythology going, I think then you have the chance to do not only one or two or three but you can create a series. That's what we want to do."

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