Showing posts with label independence day. Show all posts
Showing posts with label independence day. Show all posts

Thursday, 8 July 2021

Independence Day director talks Disney+

The Tomorrow War, streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime, is a hit with subscribers during the ongoing pandemic - an era starved of blockbusters on the big screen. Chris McKay's sci-fi movie wears its influences on its Starship Troopers sleeve.

Independence Day (ID4), celebrating its 25th anniversary, is one such inspiration and its director, Roland Emmerich, wants to revisit the disaster movie franchise he created following The Walt Disney Company's acquisition of Twentieth Century Fox's film and television assets.

"They have now a streaming service and they need product. I would love to do maybe a third one, or a TV show, continuing the story," Emmerich explained to "When we did Independence Day: Resurgence, we already had, also, the third part already. And actually, the third part has much more to do with the first part, because we learned, more or less, that out there are a lot of refugees and they're living on a refugee planet. And where [the aliens] finally come there because, somewhat like these aliens on earth, found out about it and telepathically or whatever gave it to their super queen. They're all humans, but in all different forms. So it's this thing that we have Brent Spiner and Jeff Goldblum and we have them with all these different forms of people, which would be a great movie. But we'll see what happens."

Emmerich describes why the original movie means so much to him.

"It doesn't matter, whoever does it, but I feel very passionate about it, very, very passionate, because it was a little bit like ... this movie single-handedly also got me total freedom. I have final cut since then. I pretty much do my own thing," the filmmaker said. "And now, even producing my own films, no studio anymore, I got myself a studio, you know what I mean? In a very small form, like a little garage studio. Anyhow ... I feel very, very passionate about it because it was my first -- actually, that's why both Stargate and Independence Day are seminal movies for me. They pretty much created all of what I did afterwards."

Ironically, at the time of Independence Day's release, Twentieth Century Fox cancelled Space: Above and Beyond. A short-lived sci-fi series that foreshadowed the Battlestar Galactica reboot and deserves a new audience on Star on Disney+.

Independence Day and Independence Day: Resurgence are available to stream on Star on Disney+. However, I'd suggest skipping the sequel and watching something less boring instead.

Would you watch the third instalment of Independence Day? Let me know in the comments below.

Friday, 2 July 2021

The Tomorrow War on Amazon Prime

The Tomorrow War, starring Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), is now available to stream exclusively on Amazon Prime (affiliate link).

Read the synopsis:

"Time travelers arrive from 2051 to deliver an urgent message: 30 years in the future mankind is losing a war against a deadly alien species. The only hope for survival is for soldiers and civilians to be transported to the future and join the fight. Determined to save the world for his daughter, Dan Forester teams up with a brilliant scientist and his estranged father to rewrite the planet’s fate."

The Tomorrow War was delayed by Paramount Pictures due to the pandemic and the $200 million movie was acquired by Amazon to bolster its slim summer blockbuster offerings.

Pratt's latest timey-wimey sci-fi actioner, directed by Chris McKay (The LEGO Batman Movie), looks not unlike Edge of Tomorrow with callbacks to Independence Day (ID4). He holds his own outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and Jurassic World bubbles.

Will you be watching The Tomorrow War on Amazon Prime Video this 4th July weekend? Let me know in the comments below.

Friday, 30 May 2014

Roland Emmerich is rebooting Stargate as a trilogy

Is Roland Emmerich suffering Star Wars envy? The Hollywood director, best known for brash B-movies such as Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow, is rebooting Stargate as a trilogy with producer Dean Devlin.

The original Stargate was released in 1994 and spawned a successful television franchise.

"We couldn't be more excited to once again partner with Roland and Dean, the world-class creators of the original Stargate, to bring their reinvigorated vision of this wildly popular property to audiences of multiple generations. Stargate is one of the biggest titles in MGM's vast library, and we look forward to adding this great franchise to our slate,” said MGM chairman/CEO Gary Barber.

“The Stargate universe is one that we missed terribly, and we cannot wait to get going on imagining new adventures and situations for the trilogy. This story is very close to our hearts, and getting the chance to revisit this world is in many ways like a long lost child that has found its way back home,” Emmerich and Devlin said in a joint statement.

“Stargate created an expansive cinematic universe that has engaged fans for two decades. Under the guidance of Roland and Dean, these new films will build upon the creativity and popularity of the first film, while delivering an original film-going experience for fans and those new to the franchise,” added Warner Bros.' Greg Silverman.

Emmerich is also working on a sequel to Independence Day, which Twentieth Century Fox must be eager to release after losing Star Wars to Disney following the acquisition of Lucasfilm.

Are you bored by reboots? Let me know in the comments below.

Read Remakes and reboots: is Hollywood in decline?

Wednesday, 4 July 2007

One Glorious Fourth

Happy Fourth of July to all my US readership!

Under the auspices of The Reverend Stephen Bessent and Funeral Directors, the Order of Service (PDF), for my mother's Funeral Service, is complete!