The chance to return to the world of Stargate is a big opportunity for original film creators Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich. While work continues on the script for the reboot effort, Devlin told Variety that having the keys to the franchise back will allow them to finish the story that they had only begun to tell in the 1994 feature film.
That story, though, won’t let the filmmakers simply pick up two decades after the events of the first film, as they did this summer with Independence Day: Resurgence.
“It’s not a story that can take place 20 years later,” Devlin said. “So the only way to really tell that trilogy is to go back from the beginning and start the story all over again.”
That would mean a new discovery of the ancient artifact that can send you “a million light years from home,” as the original film’s tagline said, as well as new iterations of the Jack O’Neil and Daniel Jackson characters (played by Kurt Russell and James Spader in the 1994 film).
The original Stargate earned a handsome $200 million in theaters. But instead of giving the OK to a sequel (Devlin and Emmerich wanted to make a trilogy) new owner MGM decided instead to green-light a television series proposed by Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner: Stargate SG-1 (1997).
“It was taken away from us, and it’s tough to have your children raised by other parents, even if they do a very good job,” Devlin said. “… For us, it’s not putting down what has been done. It’s to let us finish telling our story.”
The new Stargate film is being written by James A. Woods and Nicolas Wright, who also wrote Independence Day: Resurgence.
Returning to Stargate in the current landscape of universe-building will also let the team create the bigger world that was only hinted at in the original. “Today, studios tend to not think of movies as trilogies or sequels [but] as cinematic universes,” Devlin said. “So as we’ve been developing it, we found all these avenues that allow it to expand. The foundation is exactly the same as what we wanted to do, but now the possibilities are much wider.”
If the movies are successful could that mean more Stargate stories, beyond Devlin and Emmerich’s trilogy plans? Even a return to television? The sky, as they say, is the limit.
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