Dean Devlin Explains Why Those Stargate Movies May Be Dead

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When the first Stargate movie was released in 1994, the original plan was for it to be the first installment of a film trilogy. Instead, the story continued in the TV series Stargate SG-1, which was followed by the spinoffs Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe. In the past few years, though, there had been talk of bringing this mythology back to the big screen through a reboot, but recently it's seemed like these plans are no longer moving forward. The latest indication of this has been that producer Dean Devlin, who wrote the original Stargate movie with Roland Emmerich, is no longer attached to the franchise. As Devlin put it:

After Geostorm, I really came to the realization that I'm not the kind of guy who should ever work at studios. I excused myself from both Stargate and from Independence Day, so they may be going forward, but I don't know. I'm not involved anymore.

So whatever the future holds for all things Stargate, Dean Devlin made it clear during his visit to The Matthew Aaron Show that he will not be involved with it, nor will he be working on anything Independence Day-related, another property he co-created with Roland Emmerich. When it comes to reboots, normally they're spearheaded by fresh creative talent, so it's not unusual for the creator of the property or the individual(s) who oversaw the last iteration not to play a big role in the new version. Nevertheless, Devlin was an integral component to bringing Stargate to life, so it would be strange not to have him involved in any capacity. Evidently though, following his experience on Geostorm, which was his directorial debut, he's no longer interested in working with any major studios, so his time with the Stargate franchise has concluded.

Of course, this isn't the first time we've heard that plans for future Stargate movies have stalled. Roland Emmerich, who directed the original movie, said as much back in November 2016, noting that while it initially looked like "it was all firing at the same time," unforeseen complications put the kibosh on all that. So unless Emmerich and whoever else he's working with can somehow overcome whatever obstacles are in place for this reboot, I suspect we'll just have to remain content with the original Stargate movie, which made over $196 million worldwide. The TV side of the Stargate world has also been on indefinite hiatus since the cancellation of Stargate Universe in 2011. Earlier this year saw the release of the digital series Stargate Origins, which was a prequel to both the movie and SG-1, but otherwise, this franchise is very much still in a holding pattern.

Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for any major updates concerning the Stargate franchise. If you're interested in what movies are coming out soon unrelated to people traveling through space via alien-constructed portals, check out our 2018 release schedule.

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