Director Roland Emmerich Wishes He Quit ‘Independence Day’ Sequel: ‘I Should Have Stopped’

Every once in a blue moon comes a movie sequel that manages to surpass the original, such as “The Godfather II” or “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”.

The 2016 sequel “Independence Day: Resurgence”, however, was not such a movie, slammed by critics and earning a dismal 29-per-cent score on Rotten Tomatoes.

While viewers were disappointed, so too was the film’s director, Roland Emmerich, who now wishes he had simply quit the troubled production after star Will Smith dropped out, leading to the original script scrapped with a new one put together on the fly.

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“I just wanted to make a movie exactly like the first,” Emmerich told Yahoo Movies U.K., “but then in the middle of production Will [Smith] opted out because he wanted to do ‘Suicide Squad’.”

In hindsight, Emmerich now realizes he never should have gone ahead with the film under the circumstances.

“I should have stopped making the movie because we had a much better script, then I had to really fast, cobble another script together,” he explained.

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“I should have just said no,” he added, “because all of a sudden I was making something I criticized myself: a sequel.”

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