WARNING: Probably spoilers for Independence Day: Resurgence ahead. Shame on you for thinking about spoilers.
Give Independence Day: Resurgence director Roland Emmerich credit: He’s a pretty determined guy. Emmerich doesn’t seem to be bothered whatsoever that his latest movie is drowning in Rotten Tomatoes with a 33 percent freshness score. Or that its Metacritic score is a similarly woeful 32 out of 100. Or that, per Variety, the movie was lapped at the box office this weekend by another sequel that took eons to make it to theaters, Finding Dory, which did the lapping despite being in its second week of release as opposed to the debuting Resurgence.
Nope, Emmerich doesn’t have time for any of your “facts” because he’s too busy plotting a third Independence Day movie. And to hear him tell it to Empire, the story’s gonna be a doozy.
“The next one will be an intergalactic journey. It’ll be [set] maybe a year or two later, not 20 years [on]. I want to maintain this group of people, especially the young characters, and Jeff [Goldblum] and Brent [Spiner] will take part in it. It’ll be fun to keep that group together.”
Emmerich goes on to say that any other director out there who wants to make a critically-savaged, wholly unnecessary, box-office disappointment of a sequel should pretty much kiss off. “Will I definitely direct it?” he asks no one in particular. “Oh yes. I’d never, ever let someone else do it.”
So take heart, FOE (that stands for Fans of Emmerich). Your hero isn’t interested in the fact that one critic, Vox’s Todd VanDerWerff, calls Resurgence, “the laziest, most indifferent movie where aliens drop all of Asia on London you’ll ever see.” He’s coming right at you with more aliens, more space fighting and more Goldblum. Deal with it.