Over the last few months the chatter about Roland Emmerich's Independence Day sequel had gone quiet, making me fear that the fat lady was about to warm up her vocal chords and call time on us ever again seeing Aliens being welcomed to earth with a hook to the face.
But luckily my worry was misplaced, because not only is [Independence Day 2](movie:447723) moving full-steam ahead, it's also got a release date.
Fox has given the green light to the alien invasion sequel and has pencilled in June 24th, 2016 as the date it will hit theaters. However, I would expect this to change at some point in the future and the movie to take the July 4th spot, right in time for the 20th anniversary of the original.
The studio is currently working on locking in director Roland Emmerich and casting should commence as soon as he's in place. Unfortunately, Will Smith will not be returning, so we'll just have to make do with this gif of him being all cool and badass instead: