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It seems director Roland Emmerich has a different answer every time he's asked whether or not Will Smith will return for the upcoming "Independence Day" sequel. Today, Emmerich thinks it's a strong possibility.

In an interview with The Playlist, Emmerich lamented that progress on the sequel was slow, and also revealed that there would now only be one film instead of the planned two. The director said the project was "A daily battle ... The budget, the schedules, the actors ....," before claiming that the film was still "looking good."

As for the elusive Smith, Emmerich said that there's no final word on his involvement just yet, but there are currently two versions of the script in the works: one featuring Smith's character, and one without. Both scripts are penned by Emmerich's "White House Down" screenwriter Jamie Vanderbilt. According to The Playlist, Emmerich seemed confident that Smith would return for the sequel and he told the site, "It's looking good [for the version with Smith]."

Still, Emmerich hasn't exactly been consistent on the Smith front. He famously declared this summer that Smith was "too expensive" to appear in the sequel, then backtracked on those remarks in September. Of course, his denial came when there were still movies in play; perhaps now that there's only one sequel to consider, Smith could be more willing to put it on his schedule?

Stay tuned. As Emmerich has proven, the story could change at any moment.

[via The Playlist]

Roland Emmerich Talks 'Independence Day' Sequel