'Independence Day 2' Gets A New Name: 'Independence Day Resurgence'

Numbers are overrated.

The original Independence Day is still wildly popular nearly two decades after its 1996 release. Starring Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum and an all-star supporting cast, the film played into moviegoers' guilty pleasure of watching total disaster play out on screen, in this case a violent alien invasion. The sequel to the film, first creatively dubbed Independence Day 2, still has another year left before its release, but at least it now has a somewhat more interesting name: Independence Day Resurgence.

Notably absent from the "reboot," as director Roland Emmerich calls it because he hates sequels, is Will Smith. The actor declined to return even though the original film helped launch his career, but Pullman and Goldblum are back along with a big chunk of the original cast. Resurgence will see many of the same characters banding together to face a new alien threat that's more suited to 2016 than 1996 — aka better special effects.

Emmerich said of the first alien invasion, "We call it in the film the War of '96. It's like a post-World generation that's unified and that's amazing to see a world come together with a common enemy. That's resurgence." He unveiled the new title and a few such details about the film during a live telecast in Albuquerque, which many of the film's actors attended. The cast seemed pretty excited to be a part of the now-franchise, with a selfie-stick selfie to prove it.

Nice reach, Jeff Goldblum.

Here's a ship we'll be seeing in the film next summer:

And the video revealing the new title:

Independence Day Resurgence hits theaters June 24, 2016 to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the original.

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