WTF? Roland Emmerich To Remake ‘Stargate’ (His Own Film) And Shoot Back to Back ‘Independence Day’ Sequels
In today’s news that is sure to make you do a double take, MGM and Warner Bros. revealed Roland Emmerich will direct a remake of his own 1994 film Stargate. Yeah, you read that right, the director of the original Stargate movie… IS REMAKING HIS OWN MOVIE! As if that’s not shocking enough, Emmerich is also planned to shoot Independence Day 2 and Independence Day 3 back to back. Is this what it feels like to be in The Twilight Zone, ’cause it sure feels like it.
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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures, together with Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, are partnering to launch a new feature film trilogy that reimagines the 1994 film Stargate. The announcement was made today by Gary Barber, MGM’s Chairman and CEO. Emmerich, who directed and co-wrote the original film with Devlin, is confirmed to direct and Devlin will produce.
Barber said, “We couldn’t be more excited to once again partner with Roland and Dean, the world-class creators of the originalStargate, to bring their reinvigorated vision of this wildly popular property to audiences of multiple generations.” He added, “Stargate is one of the biggest titles in MGM’s vast library, and we look forward to adding this great franchise to our slate.”
“The Stargate universe is one that we missed terribly, and we cannot wait to get going on imagining new adventures and situations for the trilogy. This story is very close to our hearts, and getting the chance to revisit this world is in many ways like a long lost child that has found its way back home,” said Emmerich and Devlin.
MGM will be running production on Stargate, with Jonathan Glickman, President, Motion Picture Group overseeing the project on behalf of MGM and Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, overseeing for Warner Bros. Pictures. Worldwide distribution will be handled by Warner Bros. Pictures, with select international territories to be handled by MGM.
Glickman said, “For us at MGM, there was no version of us further developing the Stargate franchise without Roland and Dean at the creative helm. This is their baby, and we cannot wait to bring their reenergized universe to the legions of fans around the world.”
Silverman said, “Stargate created an expansive cinematic universe that has engaged fans for two decades.” He added, “Under the guidance of Roland and Dean, these new films will build upon the creativity and popularity of the first film, while delivering an original film-going experience for fans and those new to the franchise.”
The sci-fi film Stargate launched a worldwide phenomenon. At the time of its release, the film set the record for the highest-grossing opening weekend in October and went on to gross nearly $200 million worldwide at the box office.
Emmerich is currently shooting Stonewall, a drama about a young man’s political awakening amid the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York, which sparked a fight for equality and paved the way for the modern gay rights movement. He is also in pre-production on ID Forever Part I and Part II, back-to-back sequels to his hit film, Independence Day.
Devlin is currently in pre-production on Geostorm, his feature directorial debut, which he co-wrote with Paul Guyot and is producing for Warner Bros. with Skydance Pictures’ David Ellison and Dana Goldberg and his Electric Entertainment team of Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan.
While the announcement is shocking, it’s only semi-schocking, as word of a reboot of the 1994 film first broke last year when Emmerich said that he and creative partner Dean Devlin approached MGM about building a reboot trilogy.
I dunno what I’m more concerned with – how old this makes me feel (I still think the 90s was like 10 years ago) or that Emmerich has finally realized Stargate was his only decent film, and instead of recognizing his cinematic nonsensical impulses, is now determined to match it to the rest of his filmography. It’s not every day a film maker gets to go and take another stab at their work, but look at George Lucas. While Star Wars Episodes 1, 2, and 3 were their own movies, Lucas got to do things the second time around that he wanted but never could do the first time. Look at well how that turned out. Speaking of making a Lucas Star Wars/Stargate comparison – will this remake undo canon much like Disney did with the Star Wars Expanded Universe? Will the much loved Stargate television series be washed from continuity and just exist in its own alternative universe? I hope not. Rebooting seems completely unnecessary. I’d be less pissy if they just called it “The Second Stargate” or whatever, and kept going with established universe and characters.
This is how it all starts folks. Here come all the Kurt Russell remakes!
As far as Independence Day goes… apparently that’s coming first. It already has a 2016 release date. This press release says he’s making Independence Day 3 immediately following that. So I dunno where the hell he’s gonna find the time to make another Stargate movie.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter