By Esther Zuckerman
Updated November 26, 2014 at 11:02 PM EST
Released: July 3, 1996 Box office: $817.4 million The White House would never be safe again. — Darren Franich Read more about EW's Best Summer…

On the eve of another all-American holiday, Fox has reportedly given the go to an Independence Day sequel. Deadline reported that Fox has scheduled the movie to start production in May.

An Independence Day sequel has long been in the works, and the studio recently bumped up its release date from July 1, 2016 to June 24, 2016. According to Deadline, the studio’s next move is to get Roland Emmerich locked in as director, though Will Smith reportedly will not be reprising his role.

Back in 2013, Emmerich talked of plans for multiple Independence Day sequels. “The humans knew that one day the aliens would come back,” Emmerich said. “And they know that the only way you can really travel in space is through wormholes. So for the aliens, it could take two or three weeks, but for us that’s 20 or 25 years.”

EW has reached out to Fox for confirmation.

Independence Day

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