Will may not be coming back, but that doesn’t mean one of the biggest summer blockbusters ever doesn’t deserve a sequel. At least that’s what the folks at Fox studios thought, as Independence Day 2 has not only received the green light, but a release date.
The long-awaited sequel to Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day will land in theaters in 2015. 20th Century Fox announced Thursday that Independence Day 2 will open on July 3, 2015, the eve of the lucrative holiday that drove 1996′s Independence Day to a stellar $50 million debut. Emmerich will return to direct and produce, but none of the original cast — including lead Will Smith — has been announced as returning as of yet.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes shifts from May 23, 2014, to July 18, 2014. Fox’s sequel stars Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Judy Greer and Andy Serkis. Directed by Matt Reeves, the sci-fi pic is set 15 years after the events of the hit 2011 film. It follows Caesar (Serkis), the intelligent ape who is trying to maintain dominance over his kingdom, and the scientists struggling to survive in San Francisco.