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Independence Day 2 Is Getting A Comic Book Prequel

20 long years after Will Smith punched an alien right in the face and said “Welcome to Earth,” we’re finally getting another Independence Day flick from director Roland Emmerich. And that’s not all: Titan Comics will also publish a comic book prequel that’s being described as “a rich psychological prison drama” occurring after the events of the first film. That sounds… weird.

Editor Steve White also informed The Hollywood Reporter that the comic series will be “a golden opportunity to segue nicely into next year’s blockbuster sequel by taking the mythos of the original and maybe adding a little darkness to it.” A little more intriguing.

Britain-based Titian is pretty well-verse when it comes to comic book tie-ins, having previously given us spin-offs for Doctor Who and, next up, Heroes and Assassin’s Creed. While a name and release date for the comic hasn’t been disclosed, it’ll probably arrive just in time for Independence Day: Resurgence (numbered sequels are so last year), which invades cinemas June 24, 2016.

The film’s plot was also revealed a few months back, and we’re happy to report it bears no resemblance to a psychological prison drama. Set 20 years after the events of the first film, aliens attack Earth yet again after receiving a distress signal that was sent just before the human race was saved by Randy Quaid.

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Returning cast members include computer whiz Jeff Goldblum, President Bill Pullman, Vivica A. Fox, and Judd Hirsch. Newcomers include Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

No word yet on this little fella:

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