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Exclusive: Dean Devlin Says Independence Day 2 Addresses Mac Compatibility

The producer and co-writer of the original 1996 blockbuster says the sequel will finally explain the famous plot hole.

 

Whether you loved Independence Day or hated it, there's one thing that unites us all: wondering why the hell the technologically advanced extra-terrestrial fleet had Mac compatible operating systems. For those with hazy memories, the climax to the sci-fi spectacular revolved around Captain Stephen Hiller (Will Smith) and David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) flying to the mothership and uploading a computer virus that would neutralize the invading armada's shields, using only Levinson's laptop to access the aliens' operating system. It was considered a pretty major plot hole, and remains a big rallying cry for the film's detractors.

Until now.

CraveOnline talked to Dean Devlin, the producer and co-writer of the original Independence Day, at the red carpet for the 38th Annual Saturn Awards, and we asked if the aliens were still going to be Mac compatible in the sequel. His response: "We will finally address the Mac/PC alien computer issue in the sequel."

How exactly they plan to do this is unexplained, obviously. They could make it a little joke, or go with the popular "No Prize" winning explanation, namely that personal computer operating systems on Earth were based on the alien technology housed in Area 51, meaning they were compatible from the get-go. Or maybe they'll go somewhere completely different with it, but who cares? If nothing else, it means that Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich are considering fan reactions to the original film while drafting the still in development Independence Day 2.

CraveOnline will be back with more Independence Day 2 news after we kick the tires and light the fires.