It’s been twenty years since Jack O’Neill and Daniel Jackson first stepped through the Stargate, beginning a journey that would take them to farthest reaches of the galaxy — and bring the rest of us along for three films, three TV series, and more than 300 episodes of entertainment.
Stargate, the original feature film starring Kurt Russell and James Spader, opened in U.S. theaters 20 years ago today: October 28, 1994.
With a production budget around $55 million Stargate would go on to gross $71 million in the United States — a modest hit at the time. Internationally the film broke out, with a global take estimated around $196 million (according to IMDb). Less than three years later MGM had a TV series ready to go, with Stargate SG-1 bowing on Showtime in the summer of 1997. Stargate quickly became a breakout hit and, with the premiere of Stargate Atlantis in 2004, an enduring science fiction franchise.
Watch the feature film’s original trailer below.
Today Kurt Russell is still a big-screen star, appearing in a number of smaller films in recent years. In 2015 he’ll appear in Furious 7, the next installment of the Fast and the Furious series. James Spader continues to be a sought-after film and television actor, currently starring in NBC’s hit drama The Blacklist. He’s also joining the Marvel cinematic universe when he plays the lead villain in Avengers: Age of Ultron, opening wide in May 2015.
Producer Dean Devlin and director Roland Emmerich never meant for Stargate to be a stand-alone film. Though they had no involvement in any of the television series, the pair have been given a green light by MGM to reboot Stargate with the first in a planned trilogy of feature films. New adventures lie ahead …
Happy Birthday, Stargate! One more year until you turn 21, and the drinks are on us.
At GateWorld we have plans to continue celebrating the Stargate franchise as it enters its third decade! Behind the scenes we are in the midst of a site-wide relaunch, which we hope to have online in 2015. This will freshen up the site’s look and make it easier for us to implement fun, new features. That relaunch will include everything you love about the site — the episode guides, the Omnipedia, interviews and podcasts, the Stargate Image Gallery, GateWorld Forum, and more.
We’ll also be tracking the rebooted Stargate movie trilogy as it ramps up production. And we’ll continue to bring you news related to SG-1, Atlantis, SGU, and what their former cast members are up to now.
Our trip through the wormhole isn’t over yet! Stay tuned for more as we enter a new era of Stargate.
Where were you when you first saw Stargate?