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Devlin still talking Stargate movie sequels

Monday - July 4, 2011
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Dean Devlin

Dean Devlin, the writer and producer of the original Stargate movie, hasn’t given up on the idea of sequels to his 1994 feature film.  He talked about the idea again in a new interview with Collider.

“We actually wrote it as a trilogy of movies, but we were never able to do parts two and three,” Devlin said.  “So our hope is, now that the series is starting to wind down, that maybe it will be time to actually get to do parts two and three.  We’re still hopeful that we’ll get to come back and tell the rest of that story.”

Stargate was directed by Roland Emmerich, and starred Kurt Russell as Colonel Jack O’Neil and James Spader as Dr. Daniel Jackson.  Devlin said he would absolutely want to use the same actors.  The movie was shot with a modest budget of $55 million, and released in October of 1994.

The film’s storyline was continued in five novels written by Bill McCay, but Devlin’s movies would take the story in a different direction.  He’s also commented in years’ past that the films would ignore the TV series continuity, and that he thinks the two versions of Stargate could live side-by-side in the minds of audiences.

“I think it’ll change a little bit from our original idea since so many years have passed,” he said. “We wanted to explore the idea of how the Stargates were built originally, and where else in the universe they exist, and why they exist — and where else they exist on Earth. We had really planned out, as a trilogy of films, to allow this mythology to grow bigger and bigger.”

Watch the full video interview below — in which Devlin also talks about his hopes to turn 1996’s Independence Day into a trilogy, as well — courtesy of Collider.

(Thanks to Kyle, Von, Chris, and Jason for the tip)

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  • I really liked the original movie (definitely much better than 90% of the earlier SG-1 episodes) and would love to see how the series was originally supposed to pan out.

  • If it does well enough. Maybe they will give us a conclusion to Stargate Universe too.

  • I’ll take sequels to the unfinished Atlantis and SGU over this any-day. Just can’t leave us hanging and give us Stargate of old without ending the others. Would be cool, but I think the others should take priority.

  • There won’t be any conclusion. If anything, the movies would confuse the spectators even more if some were to be drawn into the renewed series.
    Stop dreaming. The actors have already moved out. Their respective contracts can easily occupy them for 2 to 3 years if the show they’re part of is successful.
    I’d love for the show to return, but it would seriously need to add a bit more camp to it, more science fiction, while keeping the seriousness. Thus far, the show had presented a dull universe, empty as hell, which the ship flew through. There should have been much more stuff happening in the background than what we got. The repetitive aggressions from the Cylons… oops, the fish guys… oh sorry, the mindless seeker-drones, that was getting nowhere. It would have been good if part of something else.

  • @Mr. Oragahn to a degree I agree with you, especially about the pacing of the series, BUT why is everyone so uptight about the actors not moving on and not being able to come back at some point? How many movies/TV series will do a movie or something like that and get returning actors back? Star Trek’s a great example, for the Trek films they got the ENTIRE cast of Trek back and that was what, a decade after the original series ended? Lord of the Rings…a number of the cast AND crew are returning a good seven or so years since they worked on the trilogy for The Hobbit and others like Liv Tyler have expressed a desire to return. Firefly…obviously no more movies in the near future, but the entire cast has pretty much expressed that if there was to be a new one that they would return in a heartbeat. Even if they are working on other projects, if they enjoyed it enough and they can work around schedules, why wouldn’t they return? And the other argument – re: they destroyed the sets – I’m sure that they scanned them in digitally so they can recreate them if they need to – didn’t they do that to Serenity for the movie?

    And re: Stargate movies – a couple years ago I would have said “no” but now I’m more interested, the majority of the movie going audience is probably far more familiar with the original Stargate than the TV series really and I’d be interested to see where he would have taken it differently than the TV show, and hey, it can’t be any worse than some of the episodes of the TV show we’ve seen, right? As much as I love Stargate, I’ll definitely admit that its far from perfect but better than most TV shows.

    Still, I said this before and I’ll say it now, I don’t expect to see a Stargate movie or TV series in any form until after MGM starts making the big bucks from James Bond and The Hobbit films in 2012, so we’ll have a little while to wait. If there is demand though, they’ll certainly produce it if they have the money.

  • I’ll take anything with a big spinning ring at this point.

    I’m particularly interested in the BUILDING of the gates and what kind of species he would create. After all, the Ancient mythology in the series is arguably the biggest. Would the movie take it in a very different direction?

    In the end, stop TALKING and start DOING.

  • One thing that I definitely think would change from the TV series is the Go’auld wouldn’t be the main bad guy. I’m pretty sure of that because in the original movie they’re a dying race, vs. in the TV series where they’re quite numerous.

  • Heck, I think I’d take a revival of Stargage Infinity at this point.

  • Never going to happen: Stargate is dead, stop whipping a dead horse.

  • I’m not sure how I feel about Devlin doing the sequels. Given that he will basically be writing off SG-1, Atlantis, and Universe as if they never happened, it would feel to many fans of the Stargate franchise like a big slap in the face. While I would be a little interested in what he might do, I think I would be against it. Plus I think if Spyglass were to give the green light to 2 stargate movies they would sooner be movies that could be made for 2-3 million each (what was the budget for Ark of Truth, Continuum) as opposed to 2 movies that would be higher up, at like 50-100 million each.

  • #ThomasG if Stargate were truly dead there wouldn’t be any more books coming, and the conventions would come to a quick end. Respectfully I say you are wrong and Stargate is not dead.

  • id like to see this but when they say they want to ignore the series i dont know i mean the movie started it but for me the series is why i love stargate

  • …Why?
    Seriously, this ship has sailed. Several billion light-years from home.

  • Let’s be honest. Devlin would know how to make a good movie. The show would have never started if Stargate didn’t have the power to be a cult movie of its own. All TV Stargate movies thus far pale in comparison. Heck, they even pale in comparison to finales such as what Exodus, Full Circle, Lost City (SG-1) and Siege (SGA) had been.

  • @Mr. Oragahn: IMHO, Stargate Continuum kicked the original movie to the curb.

  • I strongly disagree if Devlin’s just going to “throw out” SG-1, SGA, and SGU. That’s 14 years of content just ignored.

    Now if there was a tie in, say alternate time-line/ parallel universe (we’ve seen both before), THEN I could see this as good news.

  • I liked the original movie, but would like to see the SGA and SG1 movies much, much more than what Devlin is talking about.

  • I wouldn’t be mad about this idea. I would much rather have SGU continued. The Stargate series has done very well contining on from the movie and telling the stories this guy wants to tell in the movies which will ignore all the series. Not a good idea in my book.

  • sounds like he thinks the shows are crap. and plans to ignore them like they never happened.

  • It is hard to believe that he would pick the movie actors instead of the ones that we would instantly recognize as Daniel (Michael Shanks) and Col O’Neill (RDA).

    If they do a Stargate 2 and 3 I might actually skip it because it would be like a big slap in the face to the fans

  • He want’s to do Independence Day 2 and 3 first.Then stargate, which I really doubt that any stargate movies will happen.Will smith or kurt russell, I think that’s an easy one too pick?
    Stargate will get a movie if they don’t do Independence Day in my opinion.But no will smith no Independence Day.

  • I don’t think this is a bad idea. It’s kinda like Star Trek, the movies have no real regard for the continuity of the TV shows. With that said, I realise that the Star Trek movies had the same actors. I think that if there is enough popularity in these movies, then we might get a conclusion to at least one of the series’. With any luck :/

  • I think SG1, SGA and SGU laid the ground work for their inclusion in a movie continuity universe.

    The alternate reality theme is strong in all three.

    One discontinuity has always struck me as odd.

    In the original movie the the alien possession seemed to be of a different race perhaps even a phased alien partly in our universe, partly existing outside it.. almost like a partially ascended being… shades of another big badied explored years later on SG1… in fact I thought SG1 rather cleverly went back to the movie to lift that idea and better integrate it into the storyline.

    If Dean Devlin were to “continue” the movies and leave the tv series to their continuity.. not ignoring but “respecting”.. I’d see nothing wrong with that, in fact its honorable.

    The SG movie always had a grander tapestry, one that spanned perhaps all humanity or creation.. day to day stories and interpersonal relationships were not its forte.

    SG1 was more of an arc/assemble storyline.. the funny part was the recasting of Kurt Russels character with another actor using the same name.. two “l’s” anyone, and no sense of humor?

    Rick Anderson could have played any Air Force colonel.. Micheal Shanks could have been an intern at Stargate Command.. they didn’t have to have the same names.

    The idea of the portal that bends the rules forbidding faster than light travel with a worm hole was clever. Spaceships could still be limited by the speed of light.. as it was with Independence Day. It was an important plot device to explain why Ra’ or the Ancients didn’t build spaceships.. or did they.. hmmm ?

    The seed ships of SGU may have been launched precisely because none could hoped to live out a human lifetime to see the conclusion or even the beginnings of a working gate system.

    Later in SG1, SGA, SGU all sorts of limitations placed by physics were broken to re-invigorate the series.. with little explaination or mystery.. I tend to think to their detriment.

    In the end it became more fantasy than hard core science fiction.

    The original SG movie was much more hard core.. with a few fantastical elements, carefully minimized as plot devices.. the characters still had to work for their wins.. very little Dues ex machina.. if anything DEM was used mainly to setup the story than execute it.

    Just consider a whole other universe to play in.. much closer to our own.. a simpler universe where the rules aren’t suddenly broken all the time.

    Imagine the scope of what must occur to even create a gate.. suppose even one took a herculean effort of a solar system spanning civilization to connect two gates between two star systems.. maybe machine intelligence was prevented or suppressed.. but it would certainly be required to keep a project on track and complete the gates.. would people be slaves to the machines to build the first gate?

    If they were opened.. could they ever really be closed? What if they were widened.. and during that time gravity leaked through pulling the two star system closer together.. maybe rearranging the galaxy subtley on a galactic scale.. oh the fun to imagine the possibiities.. Aurthur Clake and Stephen Baxter would have a field day.

  • He says the same thing every couple of years and it never amounts to anything. These movies won’t be made.

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