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Saturn Awards: Producer Dean Devlin teases two more “Independence Day” films


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We’ve been hearing rumors of an “Independence Day 2” for years now, and finally we’re closer than ever to it happening.

Producer Dean Devlin recently told The Hollywood Reporter that he and Roland Emmerich are working together on a great idea for the sequel to the 1996 hit. IFC had the chance to catch up with Devlin on the Saturn Awards red carpet where he was representing his award-winning show “Leverage,” and he said that “Independence Day 2” doesn’t feel contrived.

“I don’t know if we’re going to be able to pull this off but, if we can, what was important to Roland and I is we make a sequel that doesn’t feel like, ‘Hey, we had a movie that was a hit, let’s go make another one,'” he said. “We resisted it for years and it was really only about a year and a half ago where we cracked a story where we both went, ‘Oh my god, that’s worth doing.'”

Would he give us any tease about what that script entails? Of course not. But he did say that they’re in the process of talking to the original cast, which included Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell and Bill Pullman.

“We went off, we wrote a script, and the people who’ve read it, they’ve all said, ‘This feels like you always planned it this way.’ And that’s what we wanted, because we owe a lot to that movie,” Devlin said. “It gave us careers, fans really liked it, and we never wanted to just go whip out some crap-o sequel just because it would make us money. We believe in this one. We think we’ve got the right one to tell.”

A lot of time has passed since July 4, 1996, but Devlin said there’s no guarantee that the sequel will jump forward the decade and a half that has passed since “Independence Day” hit theaters. And even if it does, the post-alien attack Earth in the sequel will be very different than the world we live in now.

“You have to remember it’s a parallel world. Al Qaeda didn’t knock down the World Trade Center — it was already knocked down. It calls for different storytelling techniques, so it was a lot of fun to work on in that regard,” he said.

We’ve been hearing for a while that the plan is actually to do two more “Independence Day” films, and not just one. Devlin confirmed that during our red carpet chat.

“If we get our way, then yeah, we would do two more,” he said with a smile.

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

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Wedding Planners

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Disaster Hut

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Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

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Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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