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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:

How about you? Vote in the poll to tell us if you plan to watch the first of the new Stargate movies.

Will you watch the new Devlin/Emmerich Stargate movie?

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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.

  • 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.

  • Themaingmaster, I think most genre fans understand the entertainment industry to some extent. And we all understand the trend towards constant reboots. But a lot of us also understand that just because “the industry” thinks something is a good idea, and they do it, that does not actually make it a good idea. Reboots are “the industry’s” way of making a buck today with no concern for tomorrow. The story telling of a “reboot” is rarely sustainable. For example, does anyone in the world of fandom think this “rebooted” (alternate universe) Star Trek is going to spawn ten in-continuity sequels and several in-continuity TV series? (Answer: No.) They will maybe get two more movies out of this reboot and then it will be back to the (reboot) drawing board. (How about a kid from One Direction as a rebooted Picard?) Look at horror movie series. Often, when the movie series kept (even loosey-goosy) continuity they kept going for a long time. (Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, etc.) But, as soon as they rebooted, or shortly thereafter, the series withered and died. (Maybe with another reboot in the future, maybe not.) DC comic movies are locked in a perpetual cycle of reboots. Even at MGM, you don’t have to look any farther than James Bond. Casino Royal was a left turn into reboot land. And what happened? Within one sequel of that movie you had Skyfall, which is almost another total reboot of the series, trying to get things back to where they were before Casino Royal. Reboots are a game of quickly diminishing returns. The first reboot is often a lot of fun. But no one can figure out where the heck things go from there. (On the flip side, you have the Marvel Studios continuity, Dr. Who and the Star Wars Universe which are resisting reboots and seem to have the best long term sustainability.) Anyway, I don’t buy your enlightened versus non-enlightened fan nonsense. Best case scenario, the first Stargate reboot movie succeeds and we get three movies that are fun, but leave us longing for Sg-1. More likely, the studio dumps way too much money into a spectacle Stargate movie and if fails because, let’s face it, Stargate doesn’t have exactly the same billion dollar generating fan base as Batman. And if these movies fail we will be worse off. MGM will be sour on Stargate, Sg-1 continuity will be no more and that will be that. (And not to attack anyone personally, but I have seen no evidence that Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich are capable of building a solid story that can be carried out over three films. I think Rotten Tomatoes will confirm that the duo has at least as many misses as hits. And the perpetual soon to happen ID4-2 not with standing, they have never even done a sequel.) So, I think you can be an “enlightened” fan and still have a good, reality based, belief that the best course for the Stargate franchise would be something other than this big spectacle, continuity destroying, reboot.

  • I don’t like it. Still watch it and I will try to go with an open mind but to completely ignore the best part about stargate, the tv series is just sad. The movie was okay. And that is it, okay. It’s reverence is that it help launch sg-1 Atlantis and Universe. Just sucks to ignore the best part for the okay part.

  • I think this is fantastic news, I love both the original movie and SG1 but am not so attached to the later series. So long as there’s Daniel Jackson and a Stargate, I’m in!

  • This is GREAT news. I always wanted to see the Stargate world as it was originally envisioned. I read the books from this version and they were very enjoyable. This doesn’t change the TV version, (Which I also enjoyed very much.) It just lets us see both Stargate worlds.

  • fans didn’t lose interest in the TV shows, the writers did. lackluster writing brought lackluster ratings.

    i say this, b/c i’d follow sg1 anywhere, b/c i love the characters.

    that’s where the tv franchise has an absolute massive lead over the movie.

  • I share everyone’s mixed feeling about this; I’m happy that SG will be back but not so thrilled with a reboot. Ok, it’s Devlin & Emmerlich’s creation to do with as they wish, and I don’t blame them for being upset that someone else (Glassner/Wright) took it and created something else with it, but it’s not like they took it and tanked it, they created something wonder and awesome and the 17 seasons of television they created and the fan-base that developed are too much to be simply disregarded. I would have liked to at least seen a proper ending of SGU. I’m going to take the same approach to this as I did with Star Trek (a franchise that was rebooted after 28 seasons of television and 10 feature films), I’m going to keep an open mind. The 2 new Trek films have been imaginative and entertaining (I know, that’s another discussion) and have done nothing to make everything that came before it irrelevant. No matter how well these films do or don’t do, SG-1/SGA/SGU will also never be irrelevant.

    Props to Darren also, who kept up interest in the franchise after SGU was canceled. The rewatch was a lot of fun and each episode of the week is another way to go back and re-live our favorite moments. Thank you Darren!!

  • Mattcci … You don’t have to by into my frightened VS enlightened concept, but it still very much exists! Sorry you don’t have the means to get what you want right out of the box, but the GOOD NEWS, that these movies ARE the best hope for all things SG. Fans like Hemidall, and Satchmo here have a clue. They will enjoy the movies, and then, with a little luck enjoy MORE NEW TV SG right along side of the rest of us including you. :) Cheers! :) J.S.

  • themaingmaster’s attempt at sci-fi upper-crustity (new word?) aside, I feel like most SG posters on this site concerning this “reboot”: very guarded at the prospect, and very protective of the 17-year series/current fandom that appears being pushed to the side in the glow of this ‘great news’.

    It’s now obvious Devlin & Emmerlich’s long-rumored version of SG is going to happen, so we must be willing to give it a chance to see if this new vision is great enough to toss good popcorn money at it for the foreseeable future.

    After listening to the new podcast about all this, I seem to be in a joint mind-meld (once again) with Diana, while (once again!) seeming to share an entirely different universe with David. I, like Diana, hope the new guys- who are really the OLD guys- will try to pay homage to the new concepts, characters, and worlds created in the wake of their first SG movie, so as not to totally alienate the fandom created in that same wake.

    Stargate is BACK… but let’s hope the writing doesn’t doom it from the (re)start.

  • My boyfriend and I both have a “wait and see” attitude. We’re both a little unhappy about the idea of a reboot that doesn’t consider continuity, but we both love the franchise, and will wait to see how it looks before we go through the ‘Gate. :-)

  • Mixed emotions like most. I wish they’d expand the current universe… with a few of the actors who want to come back (many don’t) abd mix up some new blood. A reboot, eh… not thrilled as the first movie had very little depth in my opinion, it was a great concept, but wooden acting in many ways. But will watch and hope they bring the intelligence, humor, phenomenal acting and character development of SG1 and Atlantis. I want great writing and story vs big explosions and lots of flashy T&A imagery.

  • Some people just don’t get it if we can get the movie back the show will follow-up on pay for view down the road,char is right all want it back but we also want to see the end game for SGU.

  • They should have made the SGA movie and perhaps an SGU movie. If you look at both SG1 movies they made a profit. I thought that was the idea of producing movies to make money for the owners. A reboot is an intriguing idea for the original writers to allow them to recognize their vision. Maybe MGM should sell off the rights of Stargate to someone that actually cares.

  • Hope MGM will sell the rights soon.we could all be happy and great movies could be made for the coming year’s.


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