Back in May, we announced that Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin–in concert with their plans to release two Independence Day sequels–would be remaking their 1994 sci-fi hit (and probably only truly GOOD movie), Stargate. Today we have confirmation that Stargate will indeed be rebooted by its creators–as the trilogy they originally intended it to be.
Co-creator Dean Devlin spoke about the project with the Portland Business Journal, saying:
The Stargate thing is a different story. We did the original Stargate as an independent movie. It was a surprise success. Shortly before the movie came out, the financiers who were frightened the movie might not do well sold the film to MGM. When the film came out, it was a hit and spawned TV shows.
Of all the projects I’ve ever done, Stargate is the only one from the beginning intended to be a trilogy. We always wanted to do parts two and three, but the thinking was they didn’t want to do anything other than the TV series. So literally for 20 years I’ve been chasing this project. Twenty years later, we can’t really do part two. We have to start over from the beginning. So let’s reboot the series, put in all the things we couldn’t the first time, and set it up properly.
I ADORE Stargate: The movie, SG-1, Atlantis (ok–Universe kinda blew–but nobody bats 1000), so I regard this news with the optimism of a true fan…
Let’s think about this:
The creator of a sci-fi classic returns after 20 years with the intent to remake his brainchild, and do everything technological and financial limitations would not allow when he made the original….
I think I remember this story–as I recall, it didn’t end well.
Still, Warner Bros. seems gung ho about the concept:
Stargate created an expansive cinematic universe that has engaged fans for two decades. 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.
Those were the words of Greg Silverman back in May–Silverman is overseeing the production for Warner Bros.
Me, I’m just hoping they find a way to reboot the film without crapping all over the continuity of the TV shows.
Oh, and if they don’t fix the ending–where Ra flies away and transforms into one of the Roswell aliens before his ship blows up–I will be VERY disappointed.
In conclusion: Stargate is the most awesome thing Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich’s names have ever been connected to (though, in his defense, Devlin DID give us Leverage: A clever and addictive series that was marketed worse than Firefly). I just pray they don’t fuck it up.
Source: The Mary Sue