Back when Will Smith was known for something other than providing the milliliters of sperm that formed wunderchildren Jaden and Willow, he was actually a really huge action-movie star whose biggest hit, Independence Day, earned $800 million worldwide after it was released in 1996. Soon, we might see the Fresh Prince return to the big screen with two upcoming, back-to-back sequels to the action thriller, which director Roland Emmerich is in the process of developing.

Unfortunately, however, if you're psyched about seeing Smith kick alien ass once again, you can put your excitement on hold, because Smith hasn't fer sure signed on yet to the sequels: he's still holding out for a $50 million paycheck. Which sounds a little excessive and kind of unreasonable, except when you consider that he's, um, Will Smith, and most of America would shell out $15 to watch him read the warning label off a bottle of Robitussin.

As of now, Fox, Emmerich, and Smith are still in negotiations over the sequels, with one insider explaining that the conversation is less about whether Smith wants to do the movie, and "more to do with 'Whose dick is bigger?'" But with a third installment of Men In Black to be released next year, a starring role in an upcoming M. Night Shyamalan film, and a new album supposedly in the works, it looks like the answer to that question skews heavily in Smith's favor. After all, as Captain Stephen Hiller, he led a squadron of F/A-18 hornets on a mission to defend our country from extraterrestrial forces. Isn't $50 million the least that we owe this man, America? 

Commentarium (12 Comments)

Oct 27 11 - 6:06pm
Steve Lovelace

I wonder if they'll hack the aliens with an iPad this time around?

Oct 27 11 - 6:26pm

I got the VHS for my 8th birthday. I still have the hologram of the White House blowing up. This is going to be BAD ASS.

Oct 28 11 - 11:04am

I've had that hologram on my refrigerator for 15 years now and I have never gotten tired of seeing the White House blow up every time I walk by. I wish I had one of that reporter getting creamed from The Day After.
Ahhhh - movies.
Ahh - movies.

Oct 27 11 - 6:30pm

The original had far too many completely unrealistic scenes which kinda ruined it for me (although I, too, loved the exploding buildings)... I wonder how farcical these will turn out to be with modern CGI, etc.

Oct 27 11 - 7:19pm


Oct 27 11 - 7:31pm

One of the most fun movies of my childhood. If they make this, I'm there!

Oct 28 11 - 10:50am

Can anyone but Wil Smith save the earf?

Oct 28 11 - 5:42pm

Doubtful. If the producers are not able to sign Will to the sequel(s), it's a sure bet the aliens will win and we'll all be worm food.

Oct 29 11 - 9:14am
fer sure?

shame on you

Nov 20 11 - 4:06pm

Call me wind bcaeuse I am absolutely blown away.

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