The much talked about plans to reboot the Stargate franchise with a new feature film — the first in a planned trilogy — is facing a bleak future, according to producer and Stargate co-creator Dean Devlin.
In a new interview with Empire Magazine published today Devlin said that the project has fallen apart.
“It looked good for a couple of months, but now it’s not looking so good,” he said. “There are just a lot of things that have to fire at the same time, and there was a moment where I thought it was all firing at the same time, and then it all kind of fell apart.”
He explained that part of that is due to his own desire to do it right, to tell the story that he and director Roland Emmerich wanted to tell when the original Stargate movie was produced independently and then sold to MGM for distribution in 1994.
“It’s one of the reasons I prefer to work independently,” Devlin said. “Listen, I think if we did Stargate right, the fans would like it and we could do something really good. But if we screw it up, they’ll reject it. As they should. But I kind of don’t want to do it if I think that we’ll screw it up, and that’s one of the things that’s holding us back.”
The production company hired writers in February of 2015 — Nicolas Wright and James A. Woods, who also worked with Devlin and Emmerich on 2016’s Independence Day: Resurgence, another revival of a classical 1990s film. But in the months since then there has been little public word of the project’s progress.
Of course this doesn’t mean that the stars won’t align again down the road, as MGM — the studio that owns the rights to the franchise — still seems keen on resurrecting Stargate.
Devlin is currently promoting the new season of TNT’s The Librarians, which he executive produces.
Head over to Empire for more of its interview with Dean Devlin. And keep it locked on GateWorld for more as this story develops!
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