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Independence Day Resurgence Director believes in aliens, hopes they never visit

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Independence Day director Roland Emmerich had the idea for the original ID4 film when fielding a question about his belief in the existence of alien life in 1994.

Back then he was promoting Stargate, and the idea that alien invasion films generally focused on a race of alien beings that traveled long distances to Earth only to remain mysterious and hidden once they arrive.

I think that's probably why we are so fascinated with the idea of intelligent life beyond Earth ."

Emmerich quite liked that possibility - far more than what he fears the reality of the situation would likely be.

Independence Day Resurgence hits theaters across the United States today and tonight, 20 years after the original.

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