“Independence Day” headed back to theaters in 3-D

Independence DayAll the negative press about 3-D post-conversions on the Internet has not dissuaded studios from mining their vaults for new opportunities to take advantage of the technology, and “Independence Day” is the latest victim.

Roland Emmerich’s 1996 sci-fi blockbuster made a whopping $817 million worldwide when it was first released, so it’s safe to assume that there are more than a couple fans who would like to see it again.

3-D re-releases are widely bemoaned by bloggers, but have performed very well with general audiences. This year, “Star Wars: Episode I” and “Titanic” grossed $43.4m and $57.8m domestically, respectively, with the added dimension.

This will be the third high-profile 3-D re-release of 2013, following the already-announced “Jurassic Park” and “Star Wars: Episode II.”

Not accidentally, “Independence Day 3-D” will be released July 3, 2013, providing the perfect box office tie-in. A little Will Smith before fireworks, anyone?