The Word: Get ready for ‘Independence Day 2′

A boy and his dad: Jaden and Will Smith discuss (almost) everything with Metro.
A boy and his dad: Jaden and Will Smith discuss (almost) everything with Metro.

Oh, man, how did this take 19 years? Fox announced yesterday that they’ve booked a release date for Roland Emmerich’s “Independence Day 2.” According to Deadline, the first sequel to the ultimate summer popcorn movie will come out July 4 weekend, 2015, 19 years after the original introduced us to Will Smith’s “Welcome to Earf.”

The first “Independence Day” was the biggest movie of 1996, and made Will Smith the movie star he is today. So will the alien facepuncher return? How about Bill Pullman’s President? Pullman has confirmed his involvement, but no one’s said anything about Smith, and it sounds like the team is planning to move the franchise onto younger (and presumably cheaper) shoulders.  “It’s still some of the same characters, but also new younger characters; it’s a little bit like the sons take over,” Emmerich told Entertainment Weekly.

Hmm. Paging Jaden Smith…

Then again, maybe Will and Jaden need some time apart. You know what’s creepy? Scientology. You know what’s creepier? Tongue kissing your son on television. You know who is allegedly guilty of being a part of both those scenarios? Will Smith. In a recent interview on a Thai television show, Smith apparently answered a question about how close he and son Jaden are at home by making out with the kid. Or simulating it — either way, we’re pretty sure that’s not okay. And, sure, we know everything’s reportedly looser in Thailand. We’ve seen — I mean, uh, heard about — Thai hookers performing some pretty impressive acts with ping pong balls and their, er, lady parts, but still. Remember the good old days, when Will Smith was just relaxing all cool, shooting some b-ball outside of school? Someone send this guy to live with his auntie and uncle in Bel Air, STAT, before he goes full-on Tom Cruise.


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