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Sci-Fi Thursday: Why Will Smith Won't Be In "Independence Day 2"

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | June 25, 2015 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | June 25, 2015 |

Our Sci-Fi,
who art in hyperspace,
hallowed be thy warp drives;
thy wormholes tunnel;
thy tech be built now, as it is in the future.

Independence Day: Resurgence will be arriving in theaters in 2016, but without Will Smith. Roland Emmerich was left to explain Smith’s absence even as he himself showed off pictures from the set at a press dadoodle earlier in the week. I’d post some of the pictures but it’s easier just to tell you that they’re not even impressive enough to mock. Says the Emmerich:

“In the very beginning, I wanted to work with him and he was excited to be in it but then after a while he was tired of sequels, and he did another science fiction film, which was his father-son story, so he opted out.”

Yeah, and then when they tried to push it to a better time for Smith, the Fresh Prince was washing his hair that night and just couldn’t make it out. The first movie was lousy and was most memorable for giving us the Star Wars re-release trailers, which blew my teenage mind so thoroughly that I’m still finding spare ganglia hanging around my hippocampus. On a scale of one to a bullet through the spine, ID4.1 will likely rank a solid “there’s no way Dustin’s not assigning that to Steven”.

(source: CinemaBlend)

Next up, Frank Marshall, a producer who has been involved with half the films of the last thirty years including the profitbomination Jurassic World is giving interviews talking about just how they made such an incredible clusterfuck of a movie:

“Well, I think that the bit of irony here is that the reasons that it flip-flopped is that C.G. is now so real that the practical animatronics…you have to be very careful where and when you shoot them because a lot of times they don’t measure up to what we can do in C.G. Does that make sense?”

No it really doesn’t since the movie ended up being a poster child for bad CGI.

(source: SlashFilm)

Next up, AMC’s foray into science fiction is starting this week, and they didn’t even have to use extraneous y’s to do it. Humans airs on Sunday, preview below.

Looks like it has potential, though I’m hoping that the show has more depth than just the Stepford bots trying to kill us all. We should only have to endure the Romneys every four years.

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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.