Independence Day 2 gets most boring title imaginable

Really getting your money's worth out of that thesaurus, guys

20 years on from the original and the Independence Day sequel has finally got a title, Independence Day: Resurgence.

Following on from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it is the latest action sequel to get a really banal name – sensational laziness given the amount of money being ploughed into it.

It tells us little about what to expect from the sequel, and is about as useful as these alternatives I should have pitched:

Independence Day: Here's Some More Aliens

Independence Day: Resurrection (Damnit, Alien already used that)

Independence Day: No Will Smith

Independence Day: Again!


The title was confirmed at a press conference in Albuquerque, where director Roland Emmerich was joined on stage by eturning cast members including Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Brent Spiner and Judd Hirsch, along with newcomers Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe and Sela Ward.

Resurgence is set 20 years after the first film (admittedly excellent, just for Smith punching an alien in the face then smoking a cigar), with Earth having set up a global defence system to protect from any future alien attacks, but the aliens are as-ever one step ahead.

"We call it in the film the War of '96," Emmerich explained. "It's like a post-World generation that's unified, and that's amazing to see a world come together with a common enemy. That's resurgence."

It has a release date of June 24, 2016 to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Independence Day.