I remember the summer of 1996 and Independence Day so vividly, mainly because the movie scared the crap out of me thanks to walking out to a rainstorm that looked exactly like that which preceded the monster UFOs. Good times. Good nightmares. I also remember there was a ton of sequel talk at the time, and ID4 certainly seemed set up for it. But it never happened, and 9/11 kind of took the fun out of seeing landmarks leveled anyway.

But now the franchise might be alive again, according to IESB.net. It's only been 14 years, but oh well. The hangup has always been both Will Smith's enormous salary and Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin's then-reluctance to return to the franchise. But now 20th Century Fox is rolling in Avatar money, and thinks it would be fun to spend some of it on a revival of bad aliens. IESB says Smith is supposedly locked in for two Independence Day installments, and that they may even shoot back to back in the Pirates of the Caribbean and Matrix fashion. They caution it's not official at this point, though.

Smith has found it difficult to decide on a project lately, though he certainly doesn't lack for any. Rumor has it he was tossing a coin between The City That Sailed or Men in Black III. Given that revival of something -- be it ID4, the MIB, or I Am Legend -- is in his future, it may just be a matter of who beckons first. As much as I enjoyed Independence Day in the good old days of 1996, I can live without this being turned into a franchise, especially since 2012 seems to have ended the very disaster porn genre that Emmerich created.

Where do you go when you leveled everything? Humanity scrabbling to defend its rebuilt rubble is appealing for one film perhaps, but two?