The sequel to the hit 1996 film will hit theaters almost twenty years later on June 24, 2016. The studio is also reportedly close to getting original director Roland Emmerich to sign on for the second film, Deadline reports.
The outlet reports production is slated to begin in May.
It’s not believed Will has been cast to reprise his role as Captain Steven Hiller, although studio bosses are reportedly trying to lock in Roland to return as director.
The filmmaker spoke about plans for a series of Independence Day sequels just last year.
“The humans knew that one day the aliens would come back,” he said at the time, reports Entertainment Weekly, hinting that a 2016 release could be in the works. “And they know that the only way you can really travel in space is through wormholes. So for the aliens, it could take two or three weeks, but for us that’s 20 or 25 years.”
The sequel has been talked about for some time by studio heads, reports EW.
According to the outlet, the studio has decided do speed up production and bump plans for a July 1, 2016 release to June 24, 2016.
The original film raked in more than $817.4 million at worldwide box offices, far surpassing its $75 million budget, according to Box Office Mojo.
A spokesperson for Fox had not immediately commented on claims of a sequel.