Independence Day 2 Director Blames Will Smith Being in Suicide Squad For His Movie's Failure

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Independence Day: Resurgence is not a great movie and most people who saw it either fell asleep or stayed awake but was bored all throughout. Even if you liked the original movie, this film was just a chore to go through and no one was surprised that it bombed in the box office, especially with that cheap ending that tried to tease another sequel.

Director Roland Emmerich, who also directed the original Independence Day and a bunch of other movies that people didn't like, blames the sequel's lack of success on Will Smith. The director originally had plans to include Smith as a returning character but had to work on a new script when he left for DC's Suicide Squad.

Emmerich told Yahoo Movies that he should have stopped making the film since he just wanted to make something similar to the original but that just wasn't the case. As someone who did see this movie, I also wish he stopped working on it:

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"I just wanted to make a movie exactly like the first, but then in the middle of production Will [Smith] opted out because he wanted to do Suicide Squad. I should have stopped making the movie because we had a much better script, then I had to really fast, cobble another script together. I should have just said no because all of a sudden I was making something I criticized myself: a sequel."

While Smith's presence and charisma would have helped the film a bit, essentially watching a rehash of Independence Day wouldn't have been great either. I think we can just accept the fact that Independence Day is dead and we don't need any more of these horrible movies.

Both Suicide Squad and Independence Day: Resurgence are now available on Blu-Ray.

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