We're just sitting on an Independence Day 2 (ID8?) story and doing nothing with it??? YES.
In an interview with Latin Review, director Roland Emmerich revealed he has a story and the desire to put Bill Pullman back in the White House, but Fox doesn't want to pay Will Smith to say, "Welcome back to Earth":
Dean Devlin and I are still set to make a sequel likely because we’ve found some sort of idea and we approached FOX and FOX has not quite figured out how to incorporate Dean’s and my deal, and Will’s (Smith) deal. Will wants to do it in some sort of a package they can live with. So it's just been in negations now since forever, and naturally FOX says “Why don’t you do it without Will Smith?” I said Will is essential for us, for this movie and actually for the audience too. And, so, it's in limbo and lately the studios are fighting. Like gross players, and Will is a gross player and is probably the only gross player right now who’s worth his gross. So we’ll see what happens. I would love to do it.
There’s a story. There’s a very really good great story, a very cool one.
As a kid, I remember my dad telling me how we could have made an electric car years ago, but the big gas companies suppressed the research. It's a shame I'll have to one day have that same conversation with my child about Independence Day 2.