Stargate the movie introduced audiences to a brand new science fiction universe when it arrived in theaters in October of 1994. It broke records for an October release, as audiences lined up to meet Kurt Russell’s Colonel Jack O’Neil (one L!), James Spader’s Dr. Daniel Jackson, and Jaye Davidson’s sinister alien villain Ra.
Creating this new universe were co-writers Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich. Dean would produce the film, with Roland directing.
After nearly two decades of interviewing the cast and crew from both the film and TV world, GateWorld finally had a chance to sit down with Dean for the very first time. David Read hosted him on his new livestream show “Dial the Gate,” and here we present this very special conversation in its entirety.
Dean talks about the origins of the idea for Stargate, the trials and tribulations of the production, and overhauling the lead villain in post-production. He also reflects on losing the franchise when MGM purchased the rights to Stargate … after the film was made. And Dean reveals why he walked away from the 2014 efforts to reboot Stargate with a new movie trilogy, and answers questions live from fans in the chat.
Our full conversation with Dean Devlin runs about 75 minutes. Click on the audio player above to listen to the audio-only version, or watch the original livestream video in full below. You can also subscribe to the GateWorld Interviews podcast to take this conversation on the go!