March 28, 2013

Count me in!

Roland Emmerich talks Independence Day sequels. (That's right -- plural!)

... he plans to wreak a new round of havoc in two sequels – ID Forever Part 1 and ID Forever Part II. The films take place 20 years after the original, when a distress call sent by the first wave of aliens finally brings reinforcements to Earth. ”The humans knew that one day the aliens would come back,” explains the director, who completed two scripts with Independence Day co-writer Dean Devlin and has given them to White House Down writer-producer James Vanderbilt for a rewrite. ”And they know that the only way you can really travel in space is through wormholes. So for the aliens, it could take two or three weeks, but for us that’s 20 or 25 years.”

After the mass destruction of the original Independence Day, what’s left for new aliens to destroy? “We’ve rebuilt,” Emmerich answers, with a smile. “But [the aliens] also do different things.”

This sounds not unlike Marvel's 1970s adaptation of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds. When the comics giant got the go-ahead to do a comics series based on the classic sci-fi novel, they set it 100 years later -- in the year 2001. The "martians" learned from their mistakes (namely, their lack of defense against basic Terran microbes), and they also manage to disable our nuclear arsenals. This backdrop is the basis for the Killraven Amazing Adventures stories beginning with issue #18 in 1973.

I have a question about ID2, though, from the above quote: If the aliens can traverse a wormhole in 2-3 weeks, why have they waited 20 years to answer the distress call? Unless (and I'm guessing here), their distress call can't travel via wormhole like their ships can; it has to go through normal space at the speed of light. Thus, after receiving the distress summons, the aliens only need those 2-3 to get to Earth.

Of those in the original film, so far only Bill Pullman (the president, but of course he won't be president in the sequel ... I think) is on board. And this sounds cool too:

It’s a changed world. It’s like parallel history. [Humans] have harnessed all this alien technology. We don’t know how to duplicate it because it’s organically-grown technology, but we know how to take an antigravity device and put it in a human airplane.

Oh yes! Massive reverse engineering of alien tech to create a whole new type of society? Huzzah!!

Posted by Hube at March 28, 2013 03:29 PM | TrackBack

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I believe the at the 2-3 weeks for them vs. 20 years for us thing is based on relativistic physics and time dilation as Emmerich understands them.

Posted by: Jeff the Baptist at March 28, 2013 04:34 PM

That would be traveling at near light-speed, though. Where's the wormholes come in?

Posted by: Hube at March 28, 2013 06:53 PM

At near light speed it would take centuries for aliens to come to earth. Wormholes would speed things up.

Posted by: Jeff the Baptist at March 28, 2013 10:11 PM

Well, I was speaking in relativistic (subjective) terms. And if the aliens were 20 light yrs away, it'd only take 20-some years to get here, not centuries, at near light speed.

Posted by: Hube at March 29, 2013 08:54 AM