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Roland Emmerich Regrets Doing Independence Day: Resurgence Without Will Smith

November 5, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Roland Emmerich acknowledges that Independence Day: Resurgence wasn’t the movie it should have been, and says he should have stopped after Will Smith dropped out. Emmerich spoke with Yahoo! promoting his new film Midway and, when asked if he made Resurgence just “because the studio wanted it,” said that it was “was a little bit more complicated” than that.

“I just wanted to make a movie exactly like the first,” Emmerich said, “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. Life sometimes happens a certain way … but I’ve always been into American movies and I never could understand anything else.”

Independence Day: Resurgence saw Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman return, but as Emmerich noted Smith opted out of the movie due to the scheduling conflicts with Suicide Squad. The film ultimately was panned by critics and turned out to be a disappointment at the box office; even at $389.7 million, it wasn’t enough to make back the $165 million budget plus marketing.