Will Smith as Capt. Steven Hiller in "Independence Day"

*A film Web site is reporting that Will Smith has signed a deal with 20th Century Fox to star in two “Independence Day” sequels that will be filmed back-to-back.

IESB.Net claims that Roland Emmerich, who directed the original films, said in the past Fox wasn’t willing to move forward with the film franchise due mainly to Will Smith’s costly $20 million plus first dollar gross salary.

Now the site claims that Smith is locked for two sequels to be shot back-to-back with production to kick off late next year.

Emmerich is currently set to direct the William Shakespeare thriller “Anonymous” while Smith is currently deciding between “The City That Sailed” or “Men in Black 3” as his next project. Any ‘Independence’ sequel would not happen until after both of those projects.