Jeff Goldblum Wants Independence Day Reboot, Says Plans Are “Brewing”

Jeff Goldblum in Independence Day
Jeff Goldblum starred in Independence Day Mary Evans/Ronald Grant/Everett Collection

Jeff Goldblum was a part of something special with 1996's Independence Day, and now he's ready to join the team once again. 

The Oscar-nominated actor, 61, spoke to Time magazine on Tuesday, Oct. 7, about the possibility of another Independence Day movie, nearly two decades after the release of the box office smash.

"I had a meeting and have been talking over the last several months or year with [director] Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, the producer," Goldblum told Time. "They've been cooking [it] up and say they have a part for me in what they hope will be a plan to make another one pretty soon."

Goldblum starred alongside Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Mary McDonnell, Margaret Colin, and Judd Hirsch in the original, playing scientist David Levinson in the '90s sci-fi drama about earth's battle with aliens. 

Independence Day
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Calling the sequel project nebulous, Goldblum added, "They're still talking about it and I've heard recent rumblings here and there about it, and 'Oh, there's a scripting coming in' — maybe last weekend there was a script handed in, so it's brewing."

Last year, rumors swirled that the project would be called ID Forever and would feature Goldman and Pullman. Smith is reportedly less-than-enthusiastic about joining the reboot, and may be asking for more for the project than the filmmakers are willing to give, according to the New York Daily News.

Producer Devlin first teased the idea of a second Independence Day movie in July 2012, when he told The Hollywood Reporter, "I can tell you that Roland and I have been working together for the first time in 11 years and we're very excited about the idea of doing it. Whether or not we can make this happen, if we can get all the pieces to come together, that's gonna be challenging. But creatively, for the very first time since we did the original, I feel we have a worthy concept, a worthy path to go."

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