Independence Day: Resurgence is a 2016 American science fiction adventure film directed by Roland Emmerich and written by Emmerich, Dean Devlin, Nicolas Wright, James A. Woods, and James Vanderbilt. It is the sequel to the 1996 film Independence Day and stars an ensemble cast featuring Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, Travis Tope, William Fichtner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Judd Hirsch, Brent Spiner, and Sela Ward.
The film is set twenty years after the events of the first film. Since then, the United Nations have collaborated on the Earth Space Defense (ESD), an international military defense and research organization, and developed hybrid technology reverse-engineered from the invaders' in anticipation that they would return. Unexpectedly, the returning aliens again attack Earth with an advanced and unprecedented force during the twentieth anniversary of humanity's victory against them on July 4.
Emmerich had considered an Independence Day sequel since 2002, with 20th Century Fox only greenlighting the project in 2014. Principal photography rolled from April to August 2015, primarily in New Mexico while also returning to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah which served as a location in the original. Independence Day: Resurgence was released in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D in the United States on June 24, 2016 to generally negative reviews from critics, who found the plot convoluted and action sequences overblown, though some praised its overall humor. The film has grossed $389.7 million against its $165 million production budget.