‘Stargate’ Reboot Will Reset First Film to Make Way for Original Trilogy Plans

By July 1, 2014
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Perhaps now last month’s weird news that director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin are remaking their own Stargate will make just a teensy bit more sense. Turns out, the guys just never really got to do everything they wanted to do with the 1994 film– like make an entire trilogy from it — and they’re ready to right that wrong in a big way. How big? Well, that’s why they’re remaking the first film, so they can go back and finally make the trilogy they always wanted. Wait, what?

Devlin spoke to the Portland Business Journal (via Cinema Blend) about the project, and he gave them some insight into both the why of the film and also the how. He told the outlet:

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.

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Essentially, Devlin and Emmerich’s Stargate was always meant to be a trilogy, and rather than attempting to pick up their story two decades after the fact (can you imagine the casting nightmares alone? what if they attempted some scary CGI work, a la Tron: Legacy? perhaps this really is a good idea), the duo is just going to redo the entire thing. Now this is a reboot. Of course, that doesn’t mean we know much about what the following (ostensibly “new”) two films will be about, but at least we do know that Emmerich and Devlin have been honing those ideas for over twenty years (and that’s good…right?). 

The first Stargate film starred Kurt Russell, James Spader, and Jaye Davidson, and centered on the discovery of an interstellar transportation device that allowed humans to interact with aliens that, well, just looked a whole lot like ancient Egyptians. The film spawned a number of spinoff properties, including shows like Stargate SG-1 (which imagined a world filled with a number of said stargates) and Stargate: Atlantis (which moves the action to the Pegasus Galaxy). Stargate can really go just about anywhere, and it will be interesting to see where Devlin and Emmerich imagine their “new” trilogy will take them.

Are you excited for Stargate?

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Kate Erbland
Kate Erbland is a staff writer for movie news and reviews at GeekNation. Her work can also be found at Film School Rejects, ScreenCrush, Vanity Fair, The Dissolve, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, amNewYork, New York Daily News, Dame Magazine, Mental Floss, Film.com, MSN Movies, and Boxoffice Magazine. She lives in New York City with two cats, two turtles, one boyfriend, and a frightening number of sensible canvas totes.