The blockbuster has long existed as a staple of American cinema. Ever since “Jaws” opened in 1974, people have flocked to movie theaters to see the next epic adventure. While action and movies have always gone hand in hand, 1996’s “Independence Day” took sci-fi carnage to another level. Director Roland Emmerich managed to convincingly portray the destruction of the U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles, the White House, and the Statue of Liberty by invading aliens.

 

Twenty years later, with Emmerich set to helm the sequel and bring back original actors Jeff Goldblum and Vivica A Fox, we have one question: should we even care?

 

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Jeff Goldblum (right) alongside Will Smith in “Independence Day” (theguardian.com)

Two decades after the original “Independence Day,” the landscape of Hollywood has admittedly changed. While Goldblum and Fox definitely have strong acting pedigrees and loyal fan bases, they hardly draw astronomical box office numbers these days. Retention of actors serves to benefit a major film franchise, but “Independence Day” is not a major franchise. Hiring these actors seems only to serve nostalgia that does not necessarily exist in the hearts of many movie goers.

 

Upon its initial release, “Independence Day” made a name for itself because of the wide-spread destruction it portrayed, not the actors — even Will Smith had not yet become a mega star at that point.

 

This issue concerning the actors speaks to a greater problem for Hollywood at large: franchises have gotten out of hand. In 2015 alone, the most anticipated films are all sequels, and often these sequels are adaptations from other media. Hollywood has become afraid to produce new features that are not known quantities. Even when a non-franchise film performs well with critics, they often have lackluster box office showings, so the logic makes sense. It’s the business side of show-business.

 

Running out of ideas, it would appear that production companies feel safer taking old properties and repurposing them for modern times. Sometimes this works, like in the case of FOX’s “The X-Files” reboot. However, in that case FOX has hard data from Netflix that audiences have a vested interest in seeing new episodes. No one has asked for an “Independence Day” sequel, and this whole process feels like a very forced cash-grab.

 

What are your thoughts on the “Independence Day” sequel? Would Goldblum and Fox be worth the price of admission? Comment below or tweet @connerws