After tricking $60 million-worth of American moviegoers into forking over their hard-earned money to see that M. Night Shyamalan abomination, After Earth, it appears that Will Smith might end up doing two Independence Day sequels, after all.
Previously, director Roland Emmerich was quoted as saying that Smith was "too expensive" to reprise his role as Captain Steve Hiller. But, with After Earth and the whole passing on Django Unchained thing on everyone's mind, it appears that it might be a little too early to count Smith out of ID Forever Part I and ID Forever Part II.
The German director, whose latest action movie White House Down makes explicit reference to Independence Day's destruction of the presidential building, said: "I sometimes say no, Will Smith will not be in it because he didn't want to do it at first. Now we have a meeting planned, we want to talk about it again. Anything can happen."
Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum have already confirmed their return for the sequel because they're true American heroes and/or had nothing better to do. (Insert Law & Order appearance joke here.)
The speculation is good news, but Smith himself has previously suggested that you shouldn't get your hopes up about seeing him in summer blockbuster/alien adventure movies because he plans to vere off of that path.
Speaking exclusively to Digital Spy about After Earth, Smith said: "It's been an absolute necessity that the movie be a blockbuster, but I think I'm going to start moving out of that and finding more danger in my artistic choices."
In case you were wondering, IMDB already lists I, Robot 2, Hancock 2, and Bad Boys 3 as "announced" on Smith's personal page. Robot movie sequel. Super hero movie sequel. Buddy cop movie sequel. Now that's "artistic" if I've ever heard it. [Digital Spy]