Director of the 1994 Stargate movie starring Kurt Russell and James Spader, Roland Emmerich is back to take the Stargate reins in hand with plans to create a trilogy of movies to reboot the entire franchise. Emmerich recently sat down with Digital Spy and laid out that his original plan of a trilogy back in 1996 was nixed by MGM, which decided to take the franchise to television, creating the Stargate shows we’ve all come to know and love.
Take a look at the video below, you can skip to the 46 second mark if you don’t want to know about Will Smith and ID4 plans.
Well it’s to be expected that Kurt Russell and James Spader won’t be back as their original characters with the time between the original movie and now. That doesn’t rule out either of them taking on another role in the movie, although it would most likely be a small role. Emmerich won’t want to confuse viewers any more than he has too with who is the true leads in the movie.
This pretty much kills any hopes fans had of a movie version of Stargate SG-1 or Stargate Atlantis coming to the big screen like Joss Whedon’s Firefly finally managed to do. The good news is that a successful trilogy could spark all kinds of new opportunities for the franchise in the form of television, books, web series etc.
What do you think about this news? Are you happy or bummed out, hopeful or pessimistic?
On August 19th Conan the Barbarian will be slashing it’s way into theaters. Reviews for this flick haven’t even rolled in yet, but a sequel is already waiting to be developed. It’s no surprise really, the Conan property is franchise material. However, star Jason Momoa wrote it all by himself. May Crom help us.
With the recently revived franchise on it’s way very soon Jason sat down with Crave Online for a short interview. Here’s what our new Conan had to say:
CRAVE Online: Are you signed on to do another [Conan]?
Jason Momoa: I am, as long as people go out and watch [the first one], you know what I mean?
CRAVE Online: Yeah. Is there a story you’d like to do for the next movie?
Jason Momoa: I wrote it.
CRAVE Online: Did you really?
Jason Momoa: Yeah, so we’re waiting to see if they’ll accept it.
CRAVE Online: Is it original or did you adapt it from something?
Jason Momoa: It will mostly be… It’s character-adapted, because I really want to get into more of the mythical creatures, you know?
So the sequel is going into a mythical creature direction…maybe Conan will ride a Unicorn into battle (*fingers crossed*). Hey if he understands the character it might actually help the story if he writes the initial script. With that said, let’s just wait and see if the first movie is worth it before we rush in now.
What does everyone think of Jason writing his own sequel? Is it too “diva” of him already?
What is best in life? To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you and to hear the lamentations of their women… and the new one-sheet for ‘Conan The Barbarian’, which looks awesome. Bringing back the adventures of Conan, originally portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger, now starring Jason Mamoa, it looks like there’s a new barbarian on the block. Going from Stargate: Atlantis to Cimmerian warrior shouldn’t be too hard though, he’s just trading in his gun for a really sharp sword.
Now, Lionsgate Entertainment has released the official one-sheet poster for the upcoming remake directed by Marcus Nispel. A bad-ass homage to the late, great fantasy artist Frank Frazetta, if I may say.
Sad news my nerd brethren. This is the first autumn since SG-1 premiered in 1997 that there won’t be a new season of Stargate.
According toDeadline Hollywood, Syfy has announced it won’t renew Stargate Universe for a third season, putting an end (for now) to the long-running Stargate franchise on the network.
Are we surprised?
*sigh* I don’t know how I feel. ‘Stargate Universe’ was too serious and dark, too much of a drama. It’s like it wanted to be Battlestar Galactica. It forgot that it’s predecessors (Stargate and Stargate: Atlantis) success derived from being a light hearted adventure series. With that said it was so story and character driven. Yes, the first season wasn’t great, but it finally started to pick up, all those nice little threads started to come together. I think it’s a mistake to essentially shutdown the Stargate franchise. It has served SyFy well for many years.
So instead we get to see another BBC rip-off, another Heroes rip-off, and another failure to cash in on BSG.
There has been a whirlwind of rumors regarding the casting of the next Conan movie but deadlinehollywood is reporting that former Stargate: Atlantis star Jason Momoa will be the next sword wielding Barbarian. Momoa beat out Kellan Lutz (Twilight) and the relativly unknown star Jared Padalecki who where said to be in contention for the role. Momoa won over the studio by filming a few scenes wielding a giant sword. The casting means the film is on track to start production on March 15, with filming to take place in Bulgaria. Ok, so now that all that official news stuff is out of the way how do you all feel about this? For you Conan purists out there you know that creator Robert E. Howard presented the character with not just a chisled body but with smart and calculating mind. Unlike the original Conan star Arnold Schwarzenegger Momoa fits that bill. However, for the vast majority of us when we think of Conan we think of Schwarzenegger. He quite frankly defined the character and drove Robert E. Howard’s creation into pop culture status. With that said I think for the most part we all wanted another Arnie. Personally I’m still undecided on this casting choice. Momoa was bad-ass on Stargate: Atlantis but all in all he reminds me too much of Dwayne ‘The Rock Johnson and as such I think we are going to get a ‘Scorpion King‘ like Conan. Of course he is a hell of a lot better of a choice that Kellan Lutz.