Stargate director Roland Emmerich producing sci-fi TV pilot

The director of the 1994 Stargate feature film is crossing into sci-fi television with a pilot at ABC.

Director Roland Emmerich is one of the men responsible for the birth of Stargate back in 1994, and he’s never strayed far from the science fiction and fantasy genre — directing and/or producing such blockbusters as Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, and 2012 (which he also co-wrote).  Now he’s taking his film cred to the small screen.

Emmerich is executive producing the untitled project as a pilot for ABC, which has had success in the fantasy realm with this season’s new hit Once Upon A Time.  Emmerich’s series looks to have some heavy supernatural elements, following a young astrophysics student named Carter Henderson, who is called upon to fight the forces of darkness and learns that “his destiny lies not in science but somewhere between heaven and hell.”

The pilot is set in New York City against the backdrop of the 2012 U.S. presidential election.  Actor Max Thierot (Jumper) will play the lead role.  Veteran actor Martin Landau (Space: 1999) was recently cast as Mr. Armin, described as a blind, German World War II soldier who is the executor of Carter’s father’s estate and his only true friend, according to

Emmerich has written the pilot with Harald Kloser and will direct it, as well.

Read more at  If the show moves forward to series, we’ll be sure to report it here!

8 Responses

  1. Duneknight
    March 4, 2012 at 5:13 pm |

    Why can’t gateworld cover all things science fiction? And news relevent to stargate can have a special branding.

  2. Browncoat1984
    March 4, 2012 at 6:34 pm |

    I agree with Duneknight, Darren. While I’m sure there will be people who say “OMG, Gateworld should only cover Stargate news” You’ve already been covering non-Stargate shows like Once Upon a Time and Sanctuary due to Stargate actors involvement, why not expand that coverage to include shows like Fringe that needs more eyeballs on it or Doctor Who? I’m sure there’s plenty of Stargate fans, like myself, who are also looking for good non-Stargate sci-fi to watch.

    You could re-brand Gateworld as being your #1 stop for all Stargate and general science fiction news.

    Another favorite news site of mine, used to do sci-fi TV Tuesdays (or wednesdays or thusrdays, etc.) or sci-fi movie Tuesdays (or wednesdays or thursdays, etc). It would be a general post about EVEYRTHING science fiction and fantasy related going on in the TV/Movie world, from new trailers and photos to updated on new or existing shows. They don’t do it anymore for whatever reason and I’m sad that they don’t because it was a great way to keep up to date on the industry.

    Anyway, just a though, and if you think you guys don’t have enough people to cover it, why not bring on one or two more people who are just as passionate about the genre and show a level of professionalism as you guys do?

  3. Browncoat1984
    March 5, 2012 at 2:18 am |

    Hey Darrn, here are links to what I was talking about in regards to Trekmovie:

    Sci-Fi TV

    Sci-fi Movies

    Its been a long time since they did anything like that but the site hit a bit of a slow period until Dec./Jan. when Trek news started coming fast and furious (Star Trek Online, Star Trek 2 (or 12, or whatever), new comics, etc.). Gotta say though even though I’m a HUGE Trekkie I’m a little jealous at all the attention Trek is getting right now (even with no TV shows in production) and I hope that at some point we get that sort of excitement with Stargate back :(. Seems really quiet right now. Too bad IDW doesn’t own the rights to Stargate comics, I bet they’d do a good job and even continue Universe.

    I bet MGM is going to do something for the next milestone anniversary SG-1 is actually in its 15th anniversary this year so maybe sometime later this year they’ll announce something? I’d at least love to see a TNG-style remastering of SG-1 seasons 1-8 on blu ray and SG-1 seasons 9 and 10 released on blu ray. And finally getting SGU season 2 on blu ray so I can complete my collection.

  4. Pioneering
    March 5, 2012 at 7:01 am |


    I have to agree with both @DuneKnight and @Browncoat1984 here. Perhaps, in the future you may want to reconsider expanding your coverage.

    Furthermore, I would like to volunteer my services as a writer since, as an engineer of many years experience, I have some experience in technical writing and would like to “expand my coverage” as well.

    Anyone else out there want to put your pen (keyboard) where your mouth is? I have thrown down the gauntlet, who else would like to pick it up?

  5. Mike.
    March 5, 2012 at 6:08 pm |

    Can we please stop calling things sci-fi that are clearly not sci-fi?

    Even their official synopsis says so for crying out loud!

    “his destiny lies not in science but somewhere between heaven and hell.”

  6. Daedalus
    March 9, 2012 at 3:33 pm |

    Just to add my $0.02 to this: I’d be of the opinion that Gateworld should stay largely as it is, for now at least. I’ve always come to Gateworld for (sometimes loosely) Stargate-related news, and that’s the way I’d like to see it continue. Hats off to all the work put in so far. I’ve only recently registered, but I’ve been coming here for years, and it’s always been great.

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