The 1996 disaster film Independence Day made Smith a full-blown star.
20 years later, Emmerich wished to revisit the franchise and basically make the same movie.
Emmerich’s reliance upon Smith seemed to point toward success.
Will Smith pulled out to portray Deadshot in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad.
Emmerich’s sequel then went into literal disaster mode.
That meant a new star, Liam Hemsworth (who is no Will Smith), and a pasted-together new script.
“I just wanted to make a movie exactly like the first, but then in the middle of production Will opted out because he wanted to do Suicide Squad. I should have stopped making the movie because we had a much better script. After I had to, really fast, cobble another script together. And I should have just said ‘no,’ because all of a sudden I was making something I criticized myself, a sequel.”
ONTD, sequels that should have NEVER happened?