It sucks that Will Smith won’t be in the Independence Day sequel—but wait ‘til you hear the random explanation for his character being gone. Alas, this is standard practice. When stars decide not to come back, movies come up with rationales for writing them out, that go beyond “dog ate my homework.”
The worst thing about the flood of godawful remakes of science fiction movie classics? After a while, you just sort of get numb. From Keanu Reeves as Klaatu to Eddie Murphy as the Nutty Professor, it's just... why.