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Roland Emmerich explains why he blew up Singapore in 'Independence Day: Resurgence'

By Zaki Jufri in SydneyMovies - 10 June 2016 12:00 AM | Updated 4:49 PM

Roland Emmerich explains why he blew up Singapore in 'Independence Day: Resurgence'

A loud boom echoes, the sky ignites in a wall of fire, cars are sucked up into the sky and in the distance, the distinctive towers of the Marina Bay Sands crumbles.

How’s that for spectacle? You’d know that we’re more than just a little red dot on the map when our country is featured in a movie, let alone one of the most anticipated movies in 20 years.

“We were looking for an Asian city to feature in the movie. Singapore has a very attractive and famous skyline. The Marina Bay Sands is an architectural marvel, so from our perspective it is the right choice,” Roland Emmerich told Insing Movies in an interview in Sydney, where he was promoting his new movie ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’.

The sequel to the 1996 blockbuster hit is set 20 years after the first alien invasion that nearly decimated the planet in the first movie. The aftermath saw half of Earth’s population annihilated but those who survived the attack used alien technology to rebuild a better world and to better defend it. But is it enough? Because the aliens have returned and they're more prepared this time. 


Singa-boom! | Photo: 20th Century Fox

So what was it like to return to this alternate reality that he created 20 years later?

“It was interesting to revisit this world and its characters,” Emmerich said.

“’Independence Day’ is the defining movie of my career. It put me on the map and enabled me to make all these other films,” he added. 

The iconic scene of the White House incinerated by the giant alien spaceship is forever etched in our minds, making ‘Independence Day’ a pop-culture icon and its leading man, Will Smith, a bona fide star.

Although a sequel was a foregone conclusion, it never materialized... until now.

“For so long, I refused to make just a normal sequel but what I wanted was a continuation of the story, just 20 years later. I felt that 20 years is the perfect time to do it,” he said.

Heading back to the world of ‘Independence Day’ allowed Emmerich to play with some of the new filmmaking toys and visual effects that are light years ahead of those available all those years ago.

The movie sees actors Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman and Brent Spiner reprising their roles as well as introducing new characters into the mix.

The story also focuses on a new generation, including Liam Hemsworth as a fighter pilot who was orphaned during the previous attack, Maika Monroe as the daughter of Bill Pullman’s President Whitmore, and Jessie Usher as the stepson of Will Smith’s now-deceased Steven Hiller.

“It felt that like a family reunion with the new kids. It’s nice to see how the young actors looked up to the older ones. They were very young when the first movie came out, and they’ve probably only saw it on TV.”

With the idea of intelligent life beyond our solar system looking more possible with recent discoveries, would aliens invade us if they find out about Earth just like in his movies?

“I hope they don’t find out about me!” he quipped.

“That is my biggest fear. If there’s an alien invasion, can I please crawl into a cave somewhere,” Emmerich laughed. 

‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ opens 23 June 2016

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Independence Day: Resurgence
  • Independence Day: Resurgence

    (2016)
  • Rated
    PG /
    Genre
    Adventure, Science Fiction
  • Language
    Eng
  • (4 Reviews)