Stargate movie producer Dean Devlin wants to turn his original 1994 film into a trilogy, and recently stated his desire to get the project going (story) — which may be a real possibility, in the light of the TV series’ end and MGM’s new management.
In the wake of his comments, Collider caught up with Devlin on the red carpet at the Saturn Awards this week, and asked more about it.
“The irony is, of all the things I’ve ever done, the only thing that was ever planned to be a trilogy was Stargate,” Devlin said. “And for a variety of reasons we were never allowed to do Parts 2 and 3. A lot of things have changed, they’re not doing the series any more — so we’re really hoping that we’ll get a chance to tell that trilogy again, now.
“We’re having a lot of conversations. I don’t know if I can pull it off. But nothing would make me happier than to finally get to tell that complete story.
“We had three movies that we wanted to tell. You have to remember, the first movie was done independently. It wasn’t made by MGM. We raised that money out of France and did the movie independently. And, literally, our financiers got cold feet just before the movie came out and then they sold it to MGM. So that’s why it’s been all tied up.
“But now there’s a new regime at MGM, and we’ve been having conversations with them. And our hope is that we can finally now, after all this time, get to tell the complete story. So with a little luck, we’ll be able to do that.
“The thing is, clearly — look, I don’t know the TV series. I didn’t watch it, I wasn’t involved in making it. But the fact that it had such longevity and has such a giant fan base … clearly they did something that was worthwhile. But I think it shows that there is an audience that wants to hear this story told. So I think there’s a lot of interest in trying to make that happen. Again, these things are complicated. There’s a lot of parts that have to come together. But that’s our hope.”
Watch the full seven and a half minute video below, courtesy of Collider. Devlin also talks about an Independence Day sequel, and his views on the science fiction-themed Saturn Awards themselves.
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