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.”
Devlin 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.