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Will Smith has decided that he will not return for the sequel to Independence Day, after years of trying to get the second installment of the movie made.
Deadline revealed that Independence Day director Roland Emmerich and co-writer and producer Dean Devlin are going to have to find a way to make the sequel without Smith.
Smith informed the Fox studio that he won’t be participating in a sequel, which Emmerich and Devlin aspire to have in movie theaters for the Fourth of July in 2016. 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the original Independence Day, which made $811 million worldwide and helped launch Smith on a path to become a huge movie star.
But, not having Smith be in the sequel is not going to detour the movie from being made. AV Club reports that Emmerich will proceed with the movie anyway. Emmerich just has to swap his script that had Smith’s character for an alternate script without him, where the invading aliens from the original film return and resolve to destroy the Earth for being disrespectful.
Smith doesn't want to do an Independence Day sequel because he doesn't want to be known as the "sequel guy." He will also not make another Men In Black film, since he has already starred in two sequels for that franchise.
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