There’s been talk of a follow-up to Independence Day for a number of years now (we somehow forgot to include it in our recent list of sequels on the way that no one wants, but you can still check that out by clicking here), but today has seen the movie finally given the green light by studio 20th Century Fox.

The film has been slotted in for a May 2015 start date, and Roland Emmerich is expected to sign a deal to direct any day now. A release date of June 24th, 2016 was set by the studio a number of months ago.

There had been talk of Independence Day 2 being split into two movies and shot back to back, but it appears as if the plan is to now make just a single film. Carter Blanchard rewrote the most recent draft of the script which has initially been penned by Emmerich and Dean Devlin, with James Vanderbilt also contributing.

Unfortunately, as has been previously reported, Will Smith is NOT expected to reprise the role which played a big part in making him a household name back in 1996. Michael B. Jordan has been rumoured to star, while Jeff Goldblum revealed last month that he had talked to Emmerich about making a return.

Independence Day has developed a passionate fanbase over the years, but whether or not a sequel will be embraced nearly 20 years since the release of the first remains to be seen. Are you looking forward to it?