Remember back at the beginning of the year when everyone was excited about Independence Day: Resurgence? Yeah, a lot of us drank the kool-aid on that one. At the same time, Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin saw that excitement and decided it was worthwhile to further revisit their past, and reboot Stargate the right way that had nothing to do with that TV show that stole all their thunder. Of course, since the Independence Day sequel bombed we’ve heard nothing about that Stargate reboot, and now it seems we never will. The plug has officially been pulled, according to Devlin himself.
“It looked good for a couple of months, but now it’s not looking so good,” said writer/producer Devlin in an interview with Empire. “There are just a lot of things that have to fire at the same time, and there was a moment where I thought it was all firing at the same time, and then it all kind of fell apart.”
Interesting that it all seemed to fall apart at the same time hype for Independence Day was undermined by its own crappiness. It’s also interesting to note that two of those parts, screenwriters James A. Woods and Nicolas Wright, were also two of the parts behind Resurgence‘s less than decent script. But you know who’s really to blame? The studio suits that don’t understand Devlin’s genius.
“It’s one of the reasons I prefer to work independently,” Devlin remarks. “Listen, I think if we did Stargate right, the fans would like it and we could do something really good. But if we screw it up, they’ll reject it. As they should. But I kind of don’t want to do it if I think that we’ll screw it up, and that’s one of the things that’s holding us back. You’d have several studios involved and a lot of voices and, you know, you may make something great, but you also may have something that doesn’t resemble what you wanted to do. That kind of ‘collaboration’ is a terrifying aspect of the whole thing.”
It’s funny to read how Devlin is so concerned about treating the fans all wrong, because he had no qualms about dumping on the expansive Stargate TV universe, which is actually enjoyed by a great many of those same fans. He was basically dismissive of the efforts of Richard Dean Anderson, Brad Wright, and all the writers, directors, actors and creators that took Devlin and Emmerich’s movie and turned into 17 seasons of TV, two direct-to-video flicks and animated series, and made it sound like that he was the only one that could possible give Stargate the justice it deserves. The best laid plans, as they say…
Source: Coming Soon