Roland Emmerich is busy promoting “White House Down” starring Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum. But you can be sure he’s been asked about “Independence Day 2”, or as it was at one time supposedly called: “ID Forever Parts 1 and 2”, which would take place 20 years after the original (the first sequel is slated for summer 2015). But here comes news that Will Smith (“After Earth”) won’t be involved.

“Will Smith cannot come back because he’s too expensive, but he’d also be too much of a marquee name,” Emmerich told the NY Daily News. “It would be too much. We have like maybe half of the people that you know would know from the first film [in the script] and the other half people who are new.”

I suppose it sort of makes sense, though you’d think Smith would be more willing to return to these franchises. I mean “Men in Black 3” was his most well-received film in a while.

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