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Dean Devlin On Stargate Reboot Finishing The Original Story

Friday - July 1, 2016
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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).

Movie - Jack and DanielAt the time, Devlin and Emmerich turned down the offer to consult on the series.

“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.

(Thanks to Adam Z for the tip! E-mail us to report Stargate-related news.)

Darren created GateWorld in 1999, and today is the owner and managing editor. He lives in the Seattle area with his wife and three children.

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  • So… Basically they are remaking the original movie. I have to say, the original movie is not bad, but it’s not great either. SG1, SGA, and SGU is what made Stargate great!! I’ll watch for more info with interest, but whether I flock to the cinema to see the new movie is a different story… Wouldn’t it be funny if they remade the original movie and it too was a dead end for the trilogy story he wants to tell and we never see the other two installments. LOL!!

  • A complete reboot seems sensible. That way they can put the movie and series in the background and start something new much like they did with the Star Trek reboot.

  • Had I realized who was writingscreen play I would have said no way would I go see it! Independence Day Resurgence was boring & dialog stilted. Sadly, I can only expect more of the same for StarGate

  • Alright correct me if I’m wrong (I don’t think I am though), but after MGM decided to go with a TV series instead of a second film, didn’t they (Devlin and Emmerich) just take the script they had for ‘Stargate 2′, change the names, remove the Stargate and Ra references and then retitled it Independence Day’?
    In which case, what Devlin is saying, is that they plan to remake Stargate and then remake Independence Day, which will come after the actual sequel to ID4, Independence Day: Resurgence. At which point they’ll then release Stargate 3 after (or possibly even before), the third Independence Day movie?

  • Now that Emmerich’s “ID4 2” was a domestic box office bomb, only partially saved by foreign ticket sales, I wish MGM would realize that it is foolish to allow him to snub the large fandom of TV Stargate just so he can reboot *his* movie Stargate. It would make far more sense to continue on the TV Stargate world in a ‘next generation’ type approach that built a fresh take on the mythology built over 15 successful years.

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