Director Dean Devlin & his co-writer Roland Emmerich’s blockbuster attempt at aliens-invading-earth template ft. Will Smith – Independence Day had a different title before it was known what it’s known now. But, brace yourself because it wasn’t good.
Independence Day did quite a bit in the phase Indians started to grasp the Western culture of Hollywood films. It was one of those early films which tempted many of us back in India to shift our focus from Bollywood.
On the ‘other title’ of the film, Bill Pullman who played the role of President Whitmore in Independence Day has revealed some interesting details in a conversation with CinemaBlend. He says, “I think it (the title) was gonna be Doomsday. It’s what Fox wanted, and it was a title that was typical of the time [for a] disaster movie. They (Dean Devlin & Roland Emmerich) really wanted Independence Day, so we had to make the speech really good.”
He also added, “And then they cut it together, and a couple of nights later, Dean came to my trailer, and he said, ‘Do you wanna see it?’… So he popped in the VHS, he showed me the cut of the speech, and I went ‘Holy Mother, they have got to name this movie Independence Day’. And they did.”
Now, we can’t even imagine Bill Pullman ending his epic speech with “…today we’re going to celebrate our doomsday.” Like, eww? It’s always going to be “…today we’re going to celebrate our Independence Day.”