Independence Day 2 and 3 / ID Forever (2015) - Independence Day is the highest grossing film of 1996, earning over $100 million during its first week. Almost two decades after the original, a sequel has finally been confirmed for release on July 3, 2015. Roland Emmerich is returning as director and has confirmed that Jeff Goldblum will reprise his role as David Levison . Bill Pullman is also likely to return. However, Will Smith is apparently "too expensive" for the sequel and will not be returning.