Master of Disaster talks about Independence Day sequels and sci-fi project Singularity
Independence Day 2 & 3
“I’ve finally signed a contract with 20th Century Fox to write the Independence Day sequels. I’ve called it ‘ID4-Ever: Parts 1 and 2. It has a true cliffhanger in the middle, and it’ll be released over two years so people will have to wait o see.”
Is Will Smith returning?
“Obviously he wants to read the script first – he’s not stupid – but he’s interested. Will is such a big part of the movie; I wouldn’t do it without him. Everyone has to come back.”
Singularity – his secretive next project
“It’s smarter science fiction. It’s more in the direction of Inception - it has a little more brain to it.”
So is it inspired by author Raymond Kurzweil’s The Singularity is Near?
“I’ve read his book, the first one, since 1990, which was called The Age of Intelligent Machines, and then I think the Age of Spiritual Machines, which came out 2000, is a book I bought so many copies of and I’m constantly giving them to people. When you come to my house for dinner, most people have walked out with that book!”
(Note: according its jacket blurb The Singularity is Near offers “a view of the coming age that is both a dramatic culmination of centuries of technological ingenuity and a genuinely inspiring vision of our ultimate destiny.”
Kurzweil is an arch optimist who “foresees the dawning of a new civilization where we will be able to transcend our biological limitations and amplify our creativity, combining our biological skills with the vastly greater capacity, speed and knowledge-sharing abilities of our creations. In practical terms, human ageing and illness will be reversed; pollution will be stopped and world hunger and poverty will be solved. There will be no clear distinction between human and machine, real reality and virtual reality.”)
And so where are plans for Foundation?