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Fans React To Stargate Movie Trilogy News

Friday - May 30, 2014
Category: MOVIES

“Sir? We’re here to inform you that you’ve been … reactivated.”

The studio may have an uphill battle on its hands when it comes to convincing millions of Stargate fans around the world to line up for a Stargate reboot. What does the world think of the big announcement today from MGM and Warner Bros.? We turned to Twitter for some knee-jerk reactions on Day 1.

Some readers are hopeful at what the new films will bring:

Not unexpectedly, other fans expressed a bit of disappointment at the idea of the TV series being ignored — and at the fact that this could be the final nail in the coffin of any continuations of SG-1, Atlantis, or SGU:

Some of Stargate‘s former TV actors were also quick to get in on the action on Twitter:

And finally, the last word (for now) goes to Michael, who makes a very good point about how the TV and film continuities can exist side-by-side:

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  • I have mixed emotions of this. There’s like 15+ years of tv canon, which is where the vast majority of SG fans come from. I loved the original movie, and the tv franchise is irreplaceable. They need to be careful and take this huge tv fan base under consideration, or a ‘trilogy’ won’t be successful.

  • This is great news as the franchise will be out of the mothballs. If the films are done right (ala the reboot of the Star Trek universe), it could very well lead to more TV time. I too miss SG:1 and am still ticked about the treatment of SG:U, but the original movie was pretty sweet and I am optimistic that MGM will make smart decisions that result in some truly fabulous films. I predict a nod of some kind to the alternate universe.

  • Love it, and super sad at the same time. I understand why it is. But man, loved SG1 and Atlantis to death.

  • Sylvia: it can take stargate we love back, as I

  • srry…as I see it its stargate! and I cant understand why they decided they will make trilogy, the must believe in it and that makes me happy because I see they they think stargate is worth of their money spent and I think that we are much closer for continuation of our universe than we would be without their new movies

  • A reboot is going to face quite an uphill battle – people hear the word ‘Stargate’ and almost all will think of the various TV series. It’s like Microsoft trying to realease an MP3 play – Apple already has near-complete dominance.

  • As a life-long Star Trek fan, the reboot of that franchise was a disaster with so many faults in the story of the two movies. I still watched and enjoyed the movies because it was good to have something new Star Trek back on the screen, but it is not Star Trek.

    I feel the same is going to happen here. I never really cared for the Stargate movie, it was ok. But the series really did make it special. SG1, Atlantis and Universe were all awesome series. I would much prefer a new movie which would bring those three Stargate shows together for an awesome story, particularly in the case of Universe which was left hanging in the air with no closure.

    I feel that life-life Stargate fans could be in for the same disappointment that I as a life-long Star Trek fan found myself in when the new reboot movies appeared. You might never see the original universe again and all those characters and stories you love so much will be lost. Sad… :(

  • Paul: I respect your views but am saddened about your feelings towards the Trek reboot. I am a hard core DS9 guy (it took til Season 5 of SG:1 to unseat DS9 as my all time favorite) but I really liked the new Trek movies- especially the second one. I guess I really don’t see how they could be called “diasters”- but I’m with you that I wish we could see a continuation of the universe set up by DS9 and that other one where the ship got lost and the…oh who cares…. Back to Stargate- I am just thrilled to see the franchise breathing again. This could be the start of something really awesome for fans. I do wonder/hope/recommend that they shoot the three films concurrently in case the box office results don’t match expectations. If they are well made and successful, perhaps the TV universe will live again. You gotta start somewhere.

  • There’s not enough information yet to make any sort of judgement.

    What will the story line/s be?
    Who will star in it?
    Will they keep the same characters, or introduce new and different ones?

    Personally, instead of a reboot, I’d like to see a continuation of the current/most recent Stargate television universe, even if it was with all new characters.

  • There is really no need to dredge up old characters and force a continuation to one of the TV series. However, they shouldn’t discount the series and act like they never happened either. I’m hoping that instead they simply start the new movies in a time after all the TV series ended and then do something the TV series could never have done with the budget they had; Stargate reveal to the people of Earth, large scale war/s, colonization… etc.

  • Hi twh11471.

    Thanks for your feedback, appreciated. Don’t get me wrong, I do like the movies because it’s good to have something new Star Trek out there. But there are a lot of issues with the new reboot. This is a Stargate forum so I doubt the fans here really want to see a discussion here on Star Trek, but just to highlight a few issues with the two JJ movies…

    * No great images of the ship travelling at warp as it’s now shrouded in light and shadow.

    * Transporting between planets… Not even the Borg can do that in the days of TNG, DS9, Voyager, let alone in the days of TOS.

    * Engineering is way too industrial, where is the warp core?

    * Khan’s blood can cure death!! What!?!

    * Second movie, Enterprise damaged and unable to move, in orbit of Earth’s moon. And yet it is the gravity of the Earth that grabs the ship and pulls it in for a potential crash landing!?!

    I could go on but I hope this shows some of the issues with the movies.

    I hope the new Stargate movies don’t ignore all the fantastic years of Stargate on the television but I got a feeling, given it’s a reboot, it will and the Stargate universe we have watched and loved will become like the original Star Trek universe and be forgotten, replaced… Time will tell.

  • I’ve got to agree with Paul. I think alternate universe (reboot) Star Trek is a poor echo of what Star Trek used to be. I enjoyed the two new movies while I sat in the theatre, to the same extent I enjoyed the new Godzilla movie as I sat in the theatre. But I can’t think about the reboots at all without having them fall apart in my mind. And that is the exact opposite of how the ‘real’ Star Trek universe used to inspire my imagination. With that history, I wish I could be excited for rebooted Stargate. But, I loved the SG-1 continuity too much for that. Instead of the great, complex, action sci-fi universe that kept us engaged through 15+ seasons, I except that these reboots will be flashy dumb fun at best. And at worst, they could be down right insulting to the SG-1 continuity.

  • I was only really into Atlantis. Still waiting on them to make THAT movie. … But best of luck to the reboot.

  • I think what some people are overlooking is the fact that Emmerich/Devlin did not like SG1, probably in part because they originally envisaged the movie as the first of a trilogy which was stopped when SG1 came along. Now I for one am glad of that because we would not have had the 17 season of stargate we have, but it does lead to the conclusion these movies will have zero connection to the TV series and is almost certainly a deliberate act on the part of Emmerich and Devlin to wipe the slate ocean and start again with their trilogy.

    The saddest part of all of this is that it does mean, like the trek reboot, that it is impossible for there to be any sort of continuation of the TV series. Sure, you and I might think that the two could co exist, but I don’t see the studio seeing it that way.

    I will be eager to see these movies as I am sure they are going to be great, but it will be a bittersweet moment because stargate as we know it is dead, long live stargate…

  • It ignores all the TV series. Not the same continuation, not the same plot, not the same characters, not the same actors – This will have no connection to the Stargate we love. It’ll rewrite everything we love AND will block any option to continue the shows.
    So, no, I’m not excited for this at all.

  • I just don’t understand how MGM can call it a “wildly popular property”. The Stargate franchise, basically meaning the TV shows, was wildly popular. The movie itself? I understand it had it’s fans, but compared to the show? It’s nothing. Devlin and Emmerich once said in an interview they had never seen a single episode of any Stargate TV show… I’ll probably watch this out of sheer morbid curiosity, but honestly, it’ll likely bear little resemblence to anything we really enjoyed about Stargate. Back to a world where the Goa’uld are spirits? Where Abydos is in another galaxy? Where there’s no snarky sarcastic awesome Jack O’Neill, only hardass Jack O’Neil? No Asgard, no Ancients? No Sam and Teal’c? No Shepard and McKay? No thanks.

  • One thing I do wonder about is how can this be called a “reboot”? Isn’t it just a follow-up to the original concept? That would be like calling Star Trek: The Motion Picture a “reboot” of TOS.

    Out of fairness, the reboot was SG1/SGA. That’s what took the original concept in a new and different direction. Many would say that was for the better, but they have a right to continue and finish the story they originally intended to tell.

    @Stoko, if you’ve ever watched Leverage, it’d be hard to believe Devlin never saw any Stargate television. I certainly saw some parallels, but it is possible that was just a coincidence or only me choosing to see similarities, like Hardison was basically their version of McKay.

  • And I love both, by the way. Haridson and McKay, that is, so I’m not criticizing. Both Leverage and Atlantis were good shows.

  • I don’t mind another Stargate film from them, especially if it gives us more continuations of the 3 series in the future.

    Also unlike the 2 Star Trek films at least this will be from the guys that actually created the original film Stargate who just want to continue what they had originally planned. And not some other guy that barely watched the original film and some of it’s tv show counterparts.

  • themaingmaster

    Hi there, J.S. here from Save Future Stargate Travel … WE HELPED MAKE THIS HAPPEN! .. We are totally delighted that the gate is up and running again! Anybody who’s vehemently against it, simply does not understand how the entertainment world works! It is a total “follow-the-leader” business. When the money starts to roll in, they want a piece! With this production ALL THINGS SG now at least become possible! The overwhelming majority of SG fans that are against this, simply do not understand this, and live in a dream world where RDA can lead an away team once again! That’s like asking Mohammad Ali to make a comeback… (well not quite, but almost) IT would be extremely hard for many of the original SG-1 cast to be in this, or future SG’s. WE NEED NEW BLOOD if the Stargate is to continue to operate. Those with an understanding of what it takes to keep a genre alive will totally support THE NEW SG! .. Those who don’t won’t, but they’ll watch it anyway. So I ask the members on our FB page, are you frightened, or enlightened by the news of NEW Stargate? The ones with a clue are enlightened! The admin’s at Save Future Stargate Travel are enlightened! What about YOU Darren?? Frightened, or Enlightened?? J.S. aka tmgm

  • I won’t be going to the theater to see them but I will eventually watch them at home.

    The thought of this doesn’t sit well with me as the original movie (although good) pales in comparison to SG-1. It kinda feels like putting stock rims back on my car, then smashing my Cragars with a hammer…

  • I agree with most of what’s been said.This has been the likely outcome for a while now.They know there are lots of us out here waiting & a big movie project is likely to return more in the way of big money than any TV venture.With a movie trilogy thay get to control release dates & distribution whereas a TV project is at the mercy of the networks once it’s been made (& they did a pretty good job of killing off SGU)My own opinion has always been that the original Stargate movie was pretty much average Sci-Fi fare whereas SG1 became the only Sci-Fi TV series I watched regularly other than Trek.In fact in the first few years I would often comment to people that it was great what they’d done with it given such unremarkable source material.2 years after Stargate Emmerich of course made Independence Day which I doubt will ever be surpassed as the worst big budget Sci-Fi film of all time.Execrable.So excuse me if I can’t manage any excitement.Like a lot of others here it was the SG1 universe that made me a fan.Sure I’ll go & see it but I won’t be expecting much.Since the Independence Day sequel will be released first that should give us a few clues as to quality & I suspect that I’ll be even less excited when that happens! I’m actually happy to be of advancing years as at my time of life you do get used to the idea that some things are actually gone forever.Such is the case with the version of Stargate that I enjoyed.

  • Maybe a reboot would be a good thing. Stargate, apparently, did not have enough of an audience to support a television show anymore. Why continue to pay fan service to such a small audience? Star Trek had the same problem. The films were bombing. There was no television show. The reboot for cinema has been a massive success. As a Stargate fan from Day 1, I am glad to see it come back in any form. Hopefully these films can create a large following of new viewers and we will see the franchise thrive again.

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