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Dean Devlin On His Return To Stargate

Saturday - June 21, 2014
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Producer Dean Devlin is talking about his return to the Stargate franchise in a new interview with the Portland Business Journal. Devlin will produce a trilogy of new Stargate films for MGM, alongside original Stargate director Roland Emmerich.

Devlin began by explaining how MGM came into possession of the franchise.

“We did the original Stargate as an independent movie. It was a surprise success. Shortly before the movie came out, the financiers who were frightened the movie might not do well sold the film to MGM. When the film came out, it was a hit and spawned TV shows.

“Of all the projects I’ve ever done, Stargate is the only one from the beginning intended to be a trilogy,” Devlin continued. “We always wanted to do parts two and three, but the thinking was they didn’t want to do anything other than the TV series. So literally for 20 years I’ve been chasing this project.”

Stargate (Movie) - Raising the GateDevlin hinted at what form the next Stargate movie may take, hinting that perhaps it may retell the story of the Gate’s discovery.

“Twenty years later, we can’t really do part two,” he said. “We have to start over from the beginning. So let’s reboot the series, put in all the things we couldn’t the first time, and set it up properly.”

Devlin doesn’t just have feature films to his credit. He also spent four years on TNT’s drama Leverage. He also directed the first episode of the cable network’s upcoming fantasy series The Librarians.




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  • YEha first comment.

    BUt hey whta are they thinking about a whole new reboot… that’s just flawed and full of mistakes i can see from here. So they can’t continue fully from the first movie but thanks to the alternate n parellel universes they can still continue of the first movie. While i’m waiting for these movies i still think that a new reboot back to tell the original story is a bad idea. Telling the story of finding the gate sounds good but wouldn’t it be better to tell the story of the rebellion that sealed the gate in the first place>

  • Hopefully it will be a new story. It would be pretty boring to just remake the first movie.

  • How about no? You let the show go, and someone else ran with it. As a fan of the franchise, to me the original movie is a very small portion of the story. Everything I like about Stargate came form the tv shows and related media. I have no interest in a reboot, or whatever he plans, because he’s made it very clear that his Stargate is nothing like the TV show.

  • Noooooooooooooooooo! I had desperately hoped they would at least only do new movies, and not try to redo the series in the spirit of the first movie. This, for a Tok’ra lover, is really a worst case scenario for Stargate’s future :(

  • Sorry but I won’t pay to watch these movies as a complete reboot. It was bad enough when I thought he was going to pick up where the first movie left off. But now he wants to rediscover the gates? The train has already gone off the cliff and he’s the only one that thinks he still on the tracks. I’ll watch the movie (there won’t be more than one because the others will be canceled after the epic fail of the first) on Netflix out of curiosity but I am sure it will be painful.

  • None of this is a surprise to me.

    Bad Robot Productions has made a fortune for Paramount / Viacom with the Abrams Star Trek. Its trite, lacks depth, but works as cheap popcorn action Sci Fi. – Made a ton at the box office.
    Seeing this example, MGM clearly feel that the only real option with Stargate is to do something similar. As a result Emmerich and Devlin are doing the film franchise they wanted to. It probably will make a ludicrous amount of money, but tell its own story and be po faced and lack any sense of depth or meaning.

    I have the same attitude to this as I do the Abrams Trek. Its not aimed at us, its aimed at those who don’t care that Amanda Tapping brilliantly played Colonel Carter, and aren’t interested in what a Jaffa is. Hopefully they will enjoy it, or (like Star Trek) the new films will generate even greater interest in the tv shows. I have ten years of SG1 and two of Atlantis I enjoy. That’s good enough for me. Maybe one day there will be another Stargate tv series, once this “Un-boot” itself is history.

  • I have very little interest in this too. I agree with Thunderbird above, Star Trek is my life, I grew up with it, loved all the movies and series, all that is except for the JJ movies. Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to have something new Star Trek to see, but there are so many problems with the JJ movies and the fact that 40 years of the original Star Trek universe is ignored just doesn’t sit well with me. I’ve said this before here and I’ll say it again, I think Stargate fans are going to get to see what us Star Trek fans feel like in regards to the new movies…

  • At least the Star Trek reboot used a clever plot device to leave intact the original series and movies as part of an “alternate time line”. Even the new X-Men found a way to incorporate the original X-Men into their rebooted universe. I would hope that any new Stargate project wouldn’t invalidate the shows that preceded it, but I’m highly doubtful.

  • so this starting over from the beginning feels like we’re going to be watching an episode of sg1 or atlantis, about a people that discover they have a gate and everything that happens because of it.

    i just can’t see how any of this will be *really* different than what we’d get from an episode of sg1 or atlantis… well, other than no beloved sg1 and atlantis characters that we fell in love with…

    17 seasons of tv stargate and two movies, and there were a LOT of stories told. there’s still a lot TO be told, but i have a feeling the emmerich/devlin movies aren’t going to be as original as they want it to be. it’ll be very hard to surpass what sg1, atlantis, and sgu accomplished and told.

    good luck, emmerich and devlin. please handle with care.

  • Man that sucks. Remake. Thats annoying. Continue the series or the story after the series not new movies with the same story. I dont understand remakes now a days.

  • @ Paul_Boland
    “I think Stargate fans are going to get to see what us Star Trek fans feel like in regards to the new movies…”

    As a big fan of the new Star Trek movies I would be happy with that. However I doubt that the Stargate movies will be as good.

  • I’ll probably watch these new Stargate movies but I’m not expecting much and therefore won’t be disappointed. You know, when in doubt, lower your expectations. Here’s a thought: What if this new feature tanks? They won’t do a third just to lose money. Then perhaps the TV series can be resurrected without the Devlin/Emmerich sword dangling over our heads. In some alternate timeline, this will all happen. I just hope we all get to live in that timeline.

  • I think a TV Series would be a better way to go, 3 movies give a few hours of enjoyment but a TV series goes on for years. Obviously as a Stargate fan there’s no doubt in my mind that I WILL watch these movies when they come out (probably downloaded though) and as its going to be a complete reboot I’m happy to watch them with the thinking that I’m watching an episode of SG-1 from an alternate timeline perspective -or parallel universe even. Perhaps he will cast some of the incredibly talented actors form the TV series to star in small roles in the movies.
    It will undoubtedly have military involved so I can’t see why they couldn’t have RDA cameo as O’Neill with 2 L’s, just showing up somewhere. Or even Carter as a scientist.

  • As a true fan of Stargate, I’m VERY worried with this anti-reboot-movie movement by so-called fans. They r the same fans who caused death to Stargate franchise when they opposed SGU. Come on! Be grateful that we’ll see another Stargate movies. Consider the movies as ALTERNATE REALITY of Stargate!

  • So are you telling me I have to forget about Jack O’neil? Are they renaming people? I don’t understand this. Why break it?

  • I was really afraid of this… but I had to wait until I actually heard it from the mouth(s) of MGM’s new/old SG saviors to really conclude that my original fear about those two were right on the money:

    They have no intention of- nor had any intention to- bring along with their ‘reboot’ some measure of the 17-year legacy of the *original* Stargate franchise (which included their very own movie!), the fan-base, or the characters cherished by that same fan-base.

    BSG was/is a franchise; but, even with a reboot by RDM, it kept a lot of the references and look of the original 1970’s model. Star Trek? It took the same creative path as BSG- keeping a lot of the references and looks of the original, PLUS added a few imaginative sci-fi spurs along the way.

    Star Wars is a franchise: Even with J.J. taking over the reins, Disney would not *dare* to alienate the fandom (and their fat wallets) just to indulge the creative whims of a super successful, yet super-egoed, director.

    Whatever retro rationalizations that Devlin can utter about losing the rights to Stargate, the fact is it is now a *franchise*, and needs to be handled in a similar vein as the franchises noted above.

    MGM needs to really drive this point home to them, if they have any hope of success with this owner/creative partnership in the future.

  • I say we should build a quantum mirror and find a universe where they continued the shows and buy the dvds there and watch them in this universe. Yeah I will watch the reboot but just won’t be the same. While the movie was good, it’s the tv series and its spinoff that is the heart of the series.

  • DEAN LEAVE THE FRANCHISE ALONE bring the real stargate guys in on this don’t just go reboot we must re-use and make moneys because that **** wont fly here these are intelligent individuals not call of duty fans just continue the franchise we are not saying make a SGU movie all we want in closure for SGU then continue however you want in all fairness i think the SGC is intellegent enough with carter and mackay to find some peice of asgard super drive inside the computer core they received and build it into a 304 class cruiser and run it to destiny to pick up young rush eli and the crew along with destiny or even to repair destiny and replenish a full crew to the ship giving young and rush the best chance of finishing the mission just dont make the same mistake as was made with total rekall and with judge dredd

  • Alas, my friends! I think we’ll find the only realistic way Stargate is going to continue is a reboot. As much as I adore SG-1, I think that era of the Stargate Universe is over. But it’s the Stargate Universe! We know very well there are parallel universes, alternate dimensions and what have you. I think it’s exciting to explore one of these with the Stargate movie reboot. As well as bringing Staragte to a new generation, it could pave the way for other spin-offs within the Universe. Who’s to say a new TV show can’t be spawned from this planned trilogy if it’s really successful? And maybe a ‘quantum mirror’ type device would allow a cross-over at some point with our familiar canon. Oh the possibilities! I’m just glad that Stargate is returning to the bif screen.

  • And with that report… I’ve decided not to bother watching this film. Devlin and Emerich are untalented hacks on the best of days. Hearing that they planned to revisit the theatrical film–the weakest aspect of the entire franchise, other than the cartoon series–was bad enough. Now they’re just going to re-tell the same story? No, thank you. These guys have less talent between the two of them than my cat does at playing fetch.

  • There goes half the problem right there why we lost stargate in the first place
    People like MAXRPG only downloading, go out and buy them if you want to watch them don’t destroy it for the rest of us

    I’m open minded about it, something is better than nothing at all

  • I adored the original movie and truth be told, didn’t give the TV series any credence for a while. Finally I decided to watch the first season of SG-1 and never looked back.

    I’m sure I’ll watch the “reboot” but the whole idea just leaves a bad taste in my mouth. It’s like this…

    Someone builds a house you really like. After a year they sell it to you and you make it your own for the next 20 years, never hearing a peep from the original owner. All of a sudden, after 20 years the original owner returns, bags on everything good you’ve done and decides he’s taking back the house, knocking it down, and rebuilding something slightly different and most likely sub-par from the original.

    This is a reboot that really shouldn’t be happening. But then again, no one else is doing anything with the intellectual property so why not Dean Devlin?

  • Hasn’t his story changed? I swear I remember a few years back he was saying “Our second movie would’ve picked up years later, so it’s perfect that we’d be making it 16 years later!”

  • What I’m curious is why they would do this. A lot of it doesn’t add up. Stargate is famous because of the show, not the movie. Indeed the movie was what lead to creating the movie, but it itself was just average. I think these guys need to go take a good look at episode 200 and take some notes. Also, how do they possibly believe this “reboot” has a chance in hell of being successful if they throw away all the concepts that took 17 seasons to make? I can’t really see them being *that* foolish. However I could be wrong. What they need to do is bite the bullet and make it a 20 year old sequel of the original movie based on the TV series. And to the SG1 fans, this will annoy you, but it should not be about it at all. They got a very good ending. There’s no need to add anymore fluff or new enemies. Does that mean the cast couldn’t play roles? Of course not, but if it would be a trilogy, the first one should wrap up SGU by combining it with Atlantis. The second and third should be the war with the Wraiths, with help from the major characters from ALL the Stargate series (personally though, I’d rather the SGU characters be extremely minor roles, and die also…so, red shirts for them.).

  • I’d be interested to see how they approach this, I’m open to a reboot if they use it to advance the franchise. It seemed to me they lost their way over the years and need to examine their reason for wanting to continue. Perhaps this will be their chance to redeem this concept and make it something we can get excited about again.

  • One thing that most seem not to remember, that to the best of my knowledge, Devlin and Emmerich do not have any claim on the Stargate TV franchise. Therefore, I believe that Brad Wright, etc., would have to give permission to use any characters that they created. (Carter, Teal’c etc.) I really don’t see any of them coming back in subsequent films after their “reboot” of the original movie.

  • They should leave the re-boot and concentrate on pre stargate.

    Show how the goauld came about, the wars between the System lords etc. That would be cool.

  • I believe JoshuasJSlone has nailed it. They are simply jealous of the actual, deserved success of the TV franchise (“Wish it was meee-ee!”). This just doesn’t smell right. I have spent many happy hours chewing on the details of the series’, to where I wrote a paper on the origin of the Gate technology. Sigh. Why doesn’t he do a trilogy of “Starrigger”, and leave the SG franchise to the people who actually raised it and nurtured it?

  • This is awesome news. For the people hating on this idea and refusing to support the movie, remember, if it does really well, it could spark interest in restarting a new StarGate TV series.

    It sucks all canon from the shows is ignored but at this point, I just want some StarGate. And I did like the original movie. Can’t wait to see where they wanted to take this.

  • Some of you guys just don’t get it. Devlin could care less about SG1/Atlantis, their characters, or their fans. This man has spent about 20 years feeling his creation was stolen from him, and bastardized by some television producers/writers. And to add salt to the wound, the tv series and spinoff are more beloved than even his original movie itself. Devlin has been dying for years to get the chance to correct, what he feels, was a major wrong. If any of you have the 15th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray of the original Stargate movie, check out the extras. In one of the behind the scenes clips, Devlin brings up the tv series, and how he respects what those guys have done with the franchise, but feels he never got to finish telling his version of the story. After the success of the original film, Devlin kept waiting and waiting for his chance to make the second film… only that chance never came. I think at this point Devlin has realized, that it’s just too late for him to make his sequel to the original. SG1’s and Atlantis’ stories were just too iconic to overcome. And since the tv series basically absorbed Devlin’s original movie into it’s canon, any attempt by him to make a sequel would have just left many viewers confused, and/or angry. His only choice was reboot. Now, I can’t fault the man for that. He’s merely trying to take back what (he believes) is his. Who I do fault, however, is MGM. This reboot is just another kick in the crotch to all the SG1/Atlantis fans out there, who have had their beloved shows ripped from them, with no possibility of getting the proper closure they deserve. Our years of support for this franchise obviously meant nothing to MGM. Personally, I hope this new reboot bombs at the box office. Only then will MGM possibly start listening to the fans of the tv series, and give them what they want… more SG1 and Atlantis. Heck, at this point, I’d even settle for a little SGU.

  • I’m interested in this, but would more like to see it as Manga or Graphic Novel first.. kind of like Hell Boy.. before investing in a full fleged, this is the reboot I will accept. Abrams kind of used those media to “test the waters” and course correct before his movie releases.. which was brilliant.

  • Let’s be honest here, MGM is screwing over SG-1/SG-1/SG-U fans. Yes it was a hit in 1994. Three years later Jonathan Glassner & Brad Wright had the vision to take it to series. Fans jumped on board and made the show a smash hit. MGM happily paid for 3 series (maybe not so happy with SG-U) and 2 movies. They went into bankruptcy protection and shelved all 3 series leaving the fans with nothing.

    Now MGM is doing better and they want to go back to the well. They’ve chosen the wrong well. Devlin & Emmerich don’t like the series probably because they were denied their sequels and maybe even some profits.

    Both MGM and Emmerich/Devlin are choosing to ignore Stargate canon – which by the way the series was quite faithful to the movie. It just seems like they’re spitting in the fans’ faces.

    I won’t pay and don’t care to watch a reboot. Especially one that ignores a show I’ve come to love. A show that I didn’t catch onto until I fell ill and started watching well into the 3rd season (I think).

    The really sad part is that there is something we all realize now; there will be no more SG-1 movies. And we’ll never see an SG-A movie.

  • Im a fan Richard Dean Anderson and to omit what he did for years is wrong. To me he carried this franchise and to me it want be a Stargate without remembering him.

  • Sorry, but anyone thinking that Devin is either out to continue the universe of the TV characters or feels that due to fan expectations he has no choice but to continue to write stories set in the TV-universe is just fooling themselves. He has made his aims clear from day one — he wants to do “his” version of Stargate, more or less the supposed same one he had planned when he did the original movie. The LAST thing you’ll see him do is “SG-1: The Blockbuster Movie” or “SG-1/Atlantis: The Team-Up Stargate Geeks Always Wanted!” While I can’t say that I would rather see Devin’s alternate reality Stargate over more from the TV universe, at least we can’t accuse him of being false with the fans.

    More to the point, in general anyone holding out for more video productions (especially a major movie) set in the TV universe is just being sadly delusional. If MGM couldn’t come up with a way to do those once planned DVD movies for Atlantis or even one just to provide some basic finish for SGU they certainly won’t now, years later, do a much more expensive major film whose core interest group is merely a comparatively small and ever shrinking cadre of Stargate-on-TV geeks. I feel your pain as well, but that particular starship has long since jumped to hyperspace.

    So, for any of you posting here your expectations of how they “must” do a continuation of the TV universe or those who just take it for granted that any new movies will naturally be about the TV universe it’s time to face reality.

    (That goes ESPECIALLY for this never-ending, frankly annoying whining from some corners about needing a (not actually needed) “proper ending” to Atlantis — it was a great show, but it enjoyed a full five years, was by the end coming damn close to jumping the cosmic shark anyway, and yet still had more of a “proper” ending than the vast majority of TV shows! Please – your complaints helped doom SGU and the franchise in general – it’s time to just let it drop)

    Mind you, I’d love to see those TV setting movies/series/DVDs myself, but the Hollywood system just doesn’t work that way. In fact, the ONLY way it could ever work on the big screen is with a reboot as that allows a creator to take the series in new directions and amp up the action/scale — and, most importantly of all, tailor the film to fit a larger audience. Nothing would better guaranteed a sure-fire debacle than to hold a big-budget sci-fi movie hostage to the narrow and often self-contradictory desires of the comparatively small Stargate geek subculture. The result would be a bomb that might kill off the franchise for good (or, at least, send it into in a coma for years – thinking of you, “Star-Wreck: Nemesis”).

    So, I’d either push for MGM to go for limited budget two-hour made-for-TV movies set in the Stargate Television universe to provide endings to certain storylines or de facto “school reunions” with the cast for just to enjoy one more spin around the galaxy with our old friends…or…you just put aside all things TV Stargate and hope that the alternative universe reboot Devin has in mind can be fun on its own unique terms – because we won’t be seeing anything else this side of divine intervention (and it really pains me to say that, but reality is reality).


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