Blockbuster director Roland Emmerich first floated the idea of launching a new Stargate trilogy all the way back in September of last year, but it is only now that it appears the project is actually moving forward. News has arrived that Warner Bros. and MGM have struck a deal that will see the relaunch of the sci-fi franchise.
The news of his deal comes to us via The Hollywood Reporter which adds that Roland Emmerich is attached to direct, though they don't mention if he will be helming all three movies or just the first one. Dean Devlin, who who has been working with Emmerich as a producer since the first Stargate in the mid-90s, is on-board as well. The trade report doesn't mention who is taking care of the script, or what the new movie will actually be about.
So how is Emmerich planning on approaching this new version of Stargate? Is it a sequel? Is it a reboot? According to the director himself, it's a bit of a mix of both. Talking about his pitch last year, Emmerich described the project as a sequel that is also a reboot that will unfold in three parts. Obviously that doesn't give us much to go on, but it sounds like we don't have to worry about recasting characters from the original.
The original Stargate, which came out in 1994, told the story of a group of scientists who discovered an interstellar transportation device in Egypt. The movie starred Kurt Russell and James Spader and was a huge hit, making $196 million worldwide. While a feature never produced any theatrical sequels, it did lead to the creation of multiple television shows - both live-action and animated - as well as a video game. The most recent show, Stargate Universe, began in 2009 but it was cancelled after its second season in 2011.
When the Stargate reboot is actually going to get going is a question without an answer at this point. Roland Emmerich is currently working on the historical drama Stonewall, and he is also getting set to bring back the Independence Day franchise. So while we know more Stargate is coming, it's probably not happening any time soon.
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