Stargate (Reboot)

Spoilers | Summary

The first of a new trilogy from the original film's creators, announced in 2014 but cancelled in 2016, was intended to reboot the Stargate universe.

U.S. RELEASE DATE: Cancelled
TELEPLAY BY: Nicolas Wright & James A. Woods
DIRECTED BY: Roland Emmerich

CURRENT STATUS: Cancelled. “The Stargate Reboot Film Has Fallen Apart.” More than two years after the Stargate feature film reboot was announced, writer-producer Dean Devlin stated that the window had closed and the film would not be moving forward at this time.

“It looked good for a couple of months, but now it’s not looking so good,” Devlin 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.”

“… 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.”

Below you will find everything we have heard about the movie so far, starting with the earliest information.

NEWS & SPOILERS

  • MGM and Warner Bros. announced on May 29, 2014 that they have given the greenlit to a new Stargate film from original creators Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich -- the first in a planned trilogy. Devlin will produce while Emmerich directs, and it is likely that the two will collaborate in writing at least the first draft of the script.
  • The new films are expected largely to ignore the characters, stories, and continuity of the three television series, with which they were not involved. Rather they will return to where the 1994 film left off and reboot the story more than 20 years into the future.

    We expect a largely new cast, though familiar faces (such as Kurt Russell's Jack O'Neil and James Spader's Daniel Jackson) could put in an appearance.
  • When we last left our heroes: Daniel was left on the desert world of Abydos with his new wife, Sha'uri (renamed Sha're in the TV series). Meanwhile Jack returned to Earth with his team, likely to report to General West and his superiors that the alien threat had been neutralized.
  • In November 2016 riter-producer Dean Devlin stated that plans to make the film are now "not looking so good. 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." (Producer Dean Devlin, in an interview with Empire Magazine)
  • A bit more explanation came from Devlin in 2018, centering on his dissatisfaction with the process of making films for studios and his embrace of independent film-making: "After Geostorm I really came to the realization that I'm not the kind of guy who should ever work at studios. I excused myself from both Stargate and from Independence Day, so they may be going forward but I don't know, I'm not involved anymore.

    "... I don't know what the studio is planning in terms of doing [Independence Day 3] or continuing the franchise, I really have no idea. But if the franchise continues, it will be continuing without me. I really think that my time working at studios is over." (Producer Dean Devlin, in an interview with The Matthew Aaron Show)