Looks like we may yet see a second (and third) term for President Bill Pullman.

IESB is reporting that not one but two sequels to the 1996 alien-invasion blockbuster 'Independence Day' are close to happening.

The idea of a sequel has always been on the minds of writer-producers Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, but for years the studio was hesitant to pony up the dough for its planned star, Will Smith. (Emmerich goes into a pretty detailed rundown of the situation, which includes something called "gross point fees," with the Latino Review here.)

But the recent, record-breaking success of James Cameron's 'Avatar' has left the studio open to pursue big-spending projects. While they wait for Cameron to film a sequel, it appears they're turning to Devlin, Emmerich and Big Willie himself. Looks like we may yet see a second (and third) term for President Bill Pullman.

IESB is reporting that not one but two sequels to the 1996 alien-invasion blockbuster 'Independence Day' are close to happening.

The idea of a sequel has always been on the minds of writer-producers Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, but for years the studio was hesitant to pony up the dough for its planned star, Will Smith. (Emmerich goes into a pretty detailed rundown of the situation, which includes something called "gross point fees," with the Latino Review here.)

But the recent, record-breaking success of James Cameron's 'Avatar' has left the studio open to pursue big-spending projects. While they wait for Cameron to film a sequel, it appears they're turning to Devlin, Emmerich and Big Willie himself.

Word on the street is that Smith -- who played stogie-chomping ace pilot Captain Steven Hiller in the original -- has signed on for both sequels, which would be filmed back-to-back, 'Matrix'-style.

While it remains to be seen how far apart the studio may release the two films, they could begin shooting on them as soon as 2011.

We remain on the fence about all of this. After years of underwhelming action flicks ('Hancock', 'I, Robot') and more serious, Oscar-baiting fare ('The Pursuit of Happyness', 'Ali'), we'd welcome the chance to see Will Smith at his quippy, one-liner best. And yes, it would be nice to see resident nice-guys Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman occupy a blockbuster again.

But seriously: How many times can Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich destroy earth?

Emmerich's '2012', 'The Day After Tomorrow', and 'Godzilla' treated us to the graphic destruction of nearly every landmark the planet has to offer, and the first 'Independence Day' alone did away with the White House, huge chunks of New York City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, etc. What's left to topple?

True, the plot for the 'ID4' sequels may have its cast of Earthlings go on the offensive against the aliens that came to colonize earth 14 years ago. But we have to wonder if a return to the film will have anything new to offer, or if audiences would even care if it did.

Tell us: Are you interested in an 'Independence Day' sequel?

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