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‘Independence Day 2’ Pushed Back a Year to July 1, 2016

Sequel will open 20 years after original

20th Century Fox is moving its “Independence Day” sequel back a year to from July 3, 2015 to to July 1, 2016 — or almost exactly 20 years after the original hit theaters.

Roland Emmerich’s 1996 blockbuster “Independence Day” hit theaters on July 3, 1996, and went on to gross a still-impressive $817 million worldwide.

Emmerich has been working on the sequel with “Independence Day” co-writer Dean Devlin and “White House Down” writer-producer James Vanderbilt. He has indicated that Will Smith will not be returning.

Fox announced the decision to shift the sequel back a year on the same day that it disclosed it was moving three other key releases back — Josh Trank‘s “Fantastic Four” reboot from March 6, 2015 to June 19, 2015; Matthew Vaughn‘s “The Secret Service” to March 6, 2015, instead of November 11, 2014; and Michael Fassbender‘s “Assassin’s Creed” moving to Aug. 7, 2015 from June 19, 2015.

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