When I first heard that Independence Day 2 and Fox were going to fly me out to Albuquerque, New Mexico to cover the 20 years-in-the-making reboot of the classic Independence Day, I was thrilled. I didn't care that Will Smith wasn't going to be involved, knowing Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Maika Moore, Vivica A. Fox, Jessie Usher, and more were going to do just fine.
I also knew that Roland Emmerich was back to direct the reboot and all was going to go to plan in an effort to make sure it did the classic original justice. The set visit was everything I could've asked for, and more.
There was a livestream of an interview with the entire cast that looks prepared to revel in the success of a summer blockbuster for the ages.
At the press conference, they released the official title, Independence Day: Resurgence, which seems fitting. People who have never seen the original will still be grabbed by this title, and those who are familiar with the classic will be happy as well.
I can safely say that I left the visit a believer in this film. I was geeking out the entire time, knowing that an action film of this magnitude had to be done right... and I think it is more than on the right track.
The cast all seemed so excited to be involved with this project, and for good reason. The blending of alien and human technology to help combat what looked like a mass-scale second alien invasion led me to believe this was going to be a huge hit. The detail that went into the production, from costume, to design, to the casting, was simply put, awesome.
The interviews I conducted won't be released for a few months, but I had a blast getting to know the cast and understanding how the blend of the old cast members kind of having a reunion of sorts and the new members breaking into the franchise would cross over perfectly.
I was able to talk to Roland Emmerich as well as the cast, and he seemed genuinely giddy to be back on with this franchise.
Plus, Jeff Goldblum took a selfie with the cast. Which pretty much made my entire night.