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Independence Day Isn’t Going to Be Released in 3D After All

Independence Day won’t be returning to theaters in 3D any time soon.

Fox announced in May that it planned to post-convert the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day to 3D, with the intention to release the movie in theaters on July 3, 2013. However, the studio has now released a new statement saying those plans have been scrapped, and Independence Day won’t get a 3D release after all. What a great thing to be thankful for, and just in time for Thanksgiving!

It’s unclear what this means for the planned Independence Day sequels, ID4-Ever: Part 1 and Part 2 (yes, really). As recently as September, producer Dean Devlin confirmed that he and director Roland Emmerich were still full steam ahead on those two films.

“Roland and I sat down and watched the original. It’s a different experience on television!” Devlin told Total Film. “The thing that really hit me about the movie is how much love there is in it: between the characters; that the filmmakers had making it; that the cast had for each other. As we’re approaching a sequel we’re focusing on that aspect of it. Because I think that was really the key as to why it worked for everyone. It was lovable.”

Emmerich has said that the two Independence Day sequels will likely be released in 3D.

Released on July 3, 1996, Independence Day was written by Devlin and Emmerich and directed by Emmerich. The movie starred Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, Randy Quaid, Adam Baldwin and Vivica A. Fox. It went on to make $817 million worldwide.


  • Alex411

    I really liked Independence Day. People beat on it for being dumb or just too simplistic. However, I think it has a great feel good thing to it. I saw it at the worst time of my life. It was awful, but I still enjoy it. It would be nice to see a film like that, but everything in the movies or (unfortunantly) real life is so terrible right now, I don’t think it will happen. Everything is just so different. They do environmental messages in movies now and it’s completely annoying and preachy. You always assume the filmmaker is some misanthrope who hates his audience. Maybe it’s just me.

  • Funkmasterdre

    Thank God.

  • Michael J

    This whole 3D craze is exhausting, and very tiresome.I for one am glad that it’s not coming out in 3D.It’s the ultimate fad, that is until every film is transformed into a 3 dimensional hologram.