Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin are rebooting Stargate, the movie that created a sensation and gave birth to one of sci-fi’s most popular franchises
Did you know, Stargate (1994), the movie, was originally planned as a trilogy? The original creators of the wonderful concept had the property sold out from under them before they had a chance to finish the three-part story they had in mind. Now things have changed, and they plan to do an updated, rebooted version of what they originally had in mind, with the more modern element of greater scope .
As many fans probably already know, Stargate (1994) is an adventure science fiction film released through Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) and Carolco Pictures. Created by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, the film is the first release in the Stargate franchise. Directed by Roland Emmerich, the film stars Kurt Russell, James Spader, Jaye Davidson, Alexis Cruz, Mili Avital, and Viveca Lindfors.
What happened was, the original Stargate was 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, and the rest is history. It enjoyed a lot of success, attained cult status, and gave birth to a hugely popular franchise.
The franchise’s first offshoot, Stargate SG-1 was a clever and rich extension of the original film that seemed like a very natural direction for the story to go in, but apparently Emmerich and Devlin had something else in mind.
The show was well received by critics and fans alike, if running ten seasons from 1997-2007 is any indication. It still holds the record as the longest-running North American science fiction television series.
Next came Stargate Atlantis (2004-2009), which was, more or less, a continuation and clone of the original series. Emmerich has recently announced the movies will embrace some of the elements of Stargate SG-1, which is nice to hear, because it seems like it would be a shame to just discard all of that great stuff that was done in the show.
Another spinoff, Stargate Universe, aka SGU,(2009-2011)was less popular than the others and even though i liked the show’s premise, for me, it always seemed like a misstep, because the sudden shift to a too dark, and moody, melodramatic spin seemed too heavy handed, and morose to really belong in the franchise
Now the duo are in active development on a reboot movie being produced by MGM and Warner Bros.. The film is being penned by “Resurgence” writers James A. Woods and Nicolas Wright, and is intended to kickstart the franchise that Emmerich and Devlin always hoped to create.
So here is the big question: if the shows are historically far more popular than the original film ever was, is it really a good thing that the reboot is going to be more closely related to the latter? It’s certainly interesting that this is an idea that Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin have been sitting on for two decades, but is it really the proper direction?
There is no estimate for when the first installment of the new franchise will arrive, Emmerich is always in demand, and considering how long it took to get the Independence Day sequel done, it will probably be awhile before this sees the light of day. Still, I am excited the notion of the original creators getting another crack at this material after so long, and to find out just what this great and talented pair have in mind for the future of the Stargate franchise I love so much.