Roland Emmerich Takes 'White House Down': Is It A Secret 'Independence Day' Sequel?

by Ryan Rigley

What do you get when you take "Die Hard" and "Air Force One" and smash them both together? Why, Roland Emmerich's next blockbuster of course!

Enter "White House Down," a movie that's being described as "Die Hard" in the White House. Not much is known about the project other than its premise as a "paramilitary takeover of the White House."

Of course, those of you who know Emmerich will note that this isn't the first time that the director has tackled this presidential palace... in fact, arguably one of the most famous scenes in Emmerich's entire career involved a huge alien spaceship blowing up the White House and everyone left inside. Which has us thinking, how much cooler would "White House Down" be if it were secretly an "Independence Day" sequel?

For the two of you who aren't familiar with Emmerich's "Independence Day," it followed Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, and a handful of other famous actors as they fought against an evil alien race hellbent on invading and destroying the Earth. "ID4" continues to be a widely celebrated movie, as it is often played on a number of cable networks each and every year.

Here's what we have in mind for the sequel: A small faction of aliens manage to covertly sneak into the White House, incapacitating the President, his family, and his top men and holding them hostage. Refusing to release them unless all of Earth meets with their unreasonable demands, it's up to Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum to infiltrate the building and stealthily take each of the aliens down one by one before they manage to blow up the White House a second time.

Sadly, the odds of "White House Down" being an "ID4" sequel are less than slim to none. But as Smith was so fond of saying in the first film, it ain't over 'til the fat lady sings! Perhaps Emmerich's years and years of teasing a sequel will one day, finally, pan out in the form of a full-fledged movie.

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