And now, he says, Fox are planning for the sequels to be released in 3D also.
From the Google translation of Film Starts' interview, it seems like the films will be shot in 2D and then up-converted.
This is if they actually happen. Emmerich says that he and co-writer-producer Dean Devlin have the "right idea" and it's "quite unique" and they're working on it, but there is "a tough battle" between the studios and the actors. Which is to say, they have to sign everybody up to make sure the films are worth doing.
The two sequels will share a title – one Devlin first namedropped some years ago. They'll apparently be called ID Forever Part One and ID Forever Part Two. At a guess, I'd say ID Forever refers to some kind of slogan of the human resistance.
A couple of days back Total Film ran a quote from Devlin that said the goal with the new films will be to make them "lovable." No, really.
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.
Maybe he's right. Maybe I was just naive in thinking it was the gung-ho, patriotic alien whupping that made this one a hit.
Perhaps it's that it made gung-ho, patriotic alien whupping lovable.