The first trailer has landed for Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich’s long-awaited follow-up to the 1996 smash hit Independence Day — and it gives us a good sense of what Stargate will look like when it gets its own twenty-first century spruce-up on the big screen.
Independence Day: Resurgence will serve as a direct sequel to its predecessor, bringing back original cast members like Jeff Goldblum (“David Levinson”), Bill Pullman (“President Whitmore”), Judd Hirsch (“Julius Levinson”), Brent Spiner (“Dr. Brakish Okun”), and others, and adding new headliners Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games) and Sela Ward (CSI: NY, and Emmerich’s The Day After Tomorrow).
The trailer dropped on December 13, and in less than two days has been watched more than 9 million times on 20th Century Fox’s YouTube channel alone (not accounting for millions more for other copies).
Take a look at the trailer below. The movie opens on June 24, 2016.
The trailer gives fans the first look not only at the ID4 sequel but at the sort of look that Emmerich can accomplish with the reboot of Stargate on the big screen. Emmerich, who directed 1994’s Stargate, will direct the movie that he and producer Dean Devlin intend to be the first of a new Stargate trilogy.
Emmerich has stated in the past that he planned to turn his attention to Stargate after Resurgence was complete but before a planned third Independence Day movie.
Visual effects have certainly come a long way, and here Emmerich and team look to be making full use of new technologies married with the same character types and story sensibilities of the original.
Of course, having Stargate ready to go to casting and into production depends upon a completed script with approval from everyone involved. That script is still being written by James A. Woods and Nicolas Wright (story). (The two also helped to write Resurgence for Emmerich’s Centropolis Entertainment.)
Stay tuned to GateWorld for the latest Stargate development news.