Top brass at Twentieth Century Fox got some work done this week, giving a green light to the long awaited Independence Day sequel. The film has been slotted for a May production start and the studio will now move to close Roland Emmerich’s directing deal. Now, Fox staked a June 24, 2016 release date, so this isn’t a shock, but these dates get re-calibrated all the time. From what I’m told, Will Smith regrettably isn’t reprising (though if he said yes, I’m sure Fox and Emmerich and Dean Devlin would write him in, in a heartbeat). Deadline revealed this back in February.