Ever since MGM made it official last May that the studio is working with Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich on a new trilogy of Stargate feature films, we’ve been anxious for more news. Who will be involved in it? What will it be like? Will it include new versions of Jack O’Neil(l) and Daniel Jackson, or totally new characters?
This week we finally have a little more news on the project.
The Hollywood Reporter says that screenwriters Nicolas Wright and James A. Woods are in final negotations to write the first of the films, which Emmerich will direct following the next Independence Day feature. As writers Wright and Woods and relative newcomers in Hollywood, writing Independence Day 2 with Emmerich — which resulted in FOX giving that project a green light based on their draft.
This was after Emmerich’s Centropolis Entertainment acquired a script for an action thriller from the writing team. Wright has also sold a comedy spec script to Sony Pictures, and developed TV series with IFC and Comedy Central.
Wright (@nicolaswright) and Woods are actually established actors, according to IMDb. Wright was a regular on the short-lived Jenna Elfman comedy Accidentally on Purpose, and appearaed in the 2013 feature White House Down (directed by Emmerich). More recently, he played David on the ABC fall comedy Manhattan Love Story.
A native of Montreal, Woods started his acting career alongside Wright in the Canadian film Hatley High. His credits also include The Festival, The Dead Zone, and the role of “Mark” in Syfy’s Being Human. He has also done voice work for video games such as Far Cry 3 and 4, and Assassin’s Creed III.
Devlin — who co-wrote the original Stargate with Emmerich — will produce the new films.
Keep it locked on GateWorld for full coverage of the new Stargate movies in the days to come!