With The Martian, space-fonz Ridley Scott has once again found new ways to make the final frontier cool. So what’s the secret ingredient this time?
These are the voyages of astronaut Mark Watney. His continuing mission, to survive a ballsed-up mission to Mars that left him stranded and presumed dead by NASA. To seek out new ways to make space survival seem exciting and innovative. To boldly go ahead and kick-start Ridley Scott’s reputation. I think it’s safe to say I crushed that intro parody. So let’s go ahead and talk The Martian.
When we found out that there was going to be a live stream from the set of the childhood-reliving sequel to Independence Day, there was always a chance that nits and pieces of information were going to slop through the cracks, maybe from a not-so-tight-lipped cameraman or a fired producer with an axe to grind. Fortunately there were no such disasters on the set of this latest disaster movie, but there was a shed load of information handed out quite liberally by the cast and crew. And the images! Well, it’s probably best that you see them for yourself, courtesy of Screen Rant.
But first, let’s get the nitty gritty out of the way. We have a title for the sequel, and it’s Independence Day: Resurgence. Ok. I’ve gotta say I’m not crazy about that. Sequels sometimes have a tendency of adding a word in there that appears and sounds dramatic and full of clout but really means nothing.
Sure, it’s explained in the video that Resurgence refers to the reuniting of earth against a common threat. But that’s essentially what happens in the first film, so what is the new title bringing to the table. It could have extra meaning, maybe it’s referenced as the title of a full scale operation to defeat the aliens but so far there’s no word on that. I’m not saying it’s an awful trailer, just a little flat. Fun fact, you could switch it around to Resurgence: Independence Day and you’d have a new sequel to the Divergent series. Not so much a fun fact as a sad nothing.
Anyway, enough about the title. Let’s have a look at some stills from the set:
That there is the moon tug, which is referenced in the video as being piloted by Liam Hemsworth‘s character, a hot shot pilot orphaned as a result of the first film’s attack. From the looks of it, humans have taken the alien technology left over from the first invasion and reverse engineered it, which is insanely cool in and of itself.
As for the rest of the characters, we now know that Jeff Golblum, who is reviving his role as David Levinson, is now head of a global initiative that unites earth against the new threat. Whilst Will Smith isn’t coming back, Jesse Usher will play his son who has a lot of his heroic fighter pilot father in him.
Speaking of characters’ children, Maika Monroe will play Bill Pullman‘s daughter, another pilot who works with the president and is a self-assured “badass”.
Bill Pullman is back too, but not as the president. Instead, Sela Ward is now president, taking a far firmer line than her predecessor did; whether that’s a good or a bad thing is up for debate.
Finally, Brent Spiner and Vivica A. Fox are both back, the former seemingly back from the dead as everyone assumed and the latter having moved from stripping to hospital administration.
That’s a lot of information to take in, but what we have is a strong foundation for what could very well be a top film. All they need to do now is finish the film and change the name. Just kidding. But they should.
I guarantee that 75% of people who have watched Independence Day in the last couple of months have done to refresh themselves with the characters and figure who will be coming back for the 20 years late sequel. The problem is that, despite everyone being connected in that Love Actually /He’s Just Not That Into You way (I’m not a fan of current references), none of the characters are absolutely integral to a sequel. Bill Pullman wouldn’t be president anymore, Will Smith would certainly have retired from the air force/astronaut school, and Randy Quaid…well, the less said the better.
Fortunately some of the guess work has been taken out of the process with some official casting news. Deadline reports that actor Jesse Usher will be joining Independence Day 2. The star of Survivor’s Remorse will be stepping into the role of Dylan Dunmow, who you’ll remember as Will Smith‘s stepson. So anyone who had a theory that there wouldn’t be a real time gap between the films can out that hypothesis to bed. Usher’s role was originally tipped to be for Fantastic Four reboot star Michael B Jordan.
Joining Usher will be two exciting names that have been circling the sequel for a while now and have since gotten confirmation. Those names are Liam Hemsworth and… Pause for effect… Jeff Golblum! That’s right, that star of the first Independence Day and every movie I’ve ever made up in my head will be returning to welcome some aliens to earth. And Liam Hemsworth, I guess.
There’s no confirmation as yet that the sequel script is faithful to the script that was written a few years ago about a delayed second wave of alien invaders reinforcing the original aliens. If that’s still the case, it’ll be dynamite to see a older, surlier, reclusive Golblum being dragged back into the fray to fend off the nest generation of dudes from another planet.
The current script is from Nicolas Wright and James A. Woods, following on from Carter Blanchard‘s rewrite of Roland Emmerich, Dean Devlin and James Vanderbilt‘s early drafts – so hopefully the conveyor belt of writers will have produced something punchy and packed with action. Seriously guys, don’t go too gritty and real, your premise is nowhere near believable enough. Hopefully Golblum will be bringing the light-hearted thunder this time around.
More news to come – with any luck.