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Emmerich casts doubts over trilogy

Independence Day director Roland Emmerich has revealed that he might not be making a third movie in the series.

The filmmaker is set to make a follow-up to the 1996 film about aliens trying to invade Earth - which starred Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman - and had indicated that it would be in two parts.

But he has now told Empire that they will see how the first instalment is received before getting to work on the second part.

He said: "We'll only do the first part because we want to have the audience decide if they want to see the second, otherwise it feels arrogant. But I'm pretty confident, with the right script..."

Independence Day 2 is set to be released in July 2015.

"You have to set a release date otherwise another film moves into it," explained the filmmaker. "[But] Independence Day is my next movie, if I get the right script. I should get the script pretty soon, then I'll try to get it into good shape for one or two months, and if that happens, we'll announce it and start production."

So far it isn't clear whether the stars of the original film will definitely be back.

Earlier this year Roland said Will would not be fighting extra-terrestrials in the sequel, because he is too big a name these days and it would be too costly.

But the German filmmaker later told Digital Spy that Will was set to have a discussion about reprising his role.

He said: "I sometimes say no, Will Smith will not be in it because he didn't want to do it at first. Now we have a meeting planned, we want to talk about it again. So anything can happen."

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