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It strikes me as kind of odd that ID4 (Independence Day) never had any sequels, as by most accounts it was a great financial success and at least a moderate critical success.

Was there ever any other information about the aliens from ID4 released?

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  • UPDATE: As of now (2013), the rumors are that there will be an ID4:2 sequel, sans Will Smith but with Pullman/Goldblum. Since it won't be out till 2015, we don't yet know how canonical it will be.

  • First of all, there was a tie-in novel/novelization. It did offer more information/details than the movie.

  • There was a prequel book about Dr. Okun (Independence Day: Silent Zone)

  • The same author who wrote a prequel had written a midquel/sequel novel Independence Day: War in the Desert

  • There was also a computer game. It probably (like all games) had some extra details/backstory but I'm not aware of anything earth-shattering it added information-wise to the franchise

  • As far as sequels:

    Wiki says:

    The possibility of a sequel had long been discussed, and Devlin once stated the world's reaction to the September 11 attacks influenced him to strongly consider making a sequel to the film. Devlin began writing an outline for a script with Emmerich, but in May 2004, Emmerich said he and Devlin had attempted to "figure out a way how to continue the story", but that this ultimately did not work, and the pair abandoned the idea.

    In October 2009, Emmerich said he once again had plans for a sequel, and has since considered the idea of making two sequels to form a trilogy.

    Also, further info not yet on the Wiki:

    "Independence Day 2 is nowhere. It’s back and forth, back and forth. There’s no script because I don’t want to write anything before anything starts," said Emmerich, although he did confirm the following, "One day it will happen."

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