Ah Stargate, come on admit it, you love it! Released in 1994, and arguably Roland Emmerich’s best film, Stargate was a superb piece of jolly good sci-fi, with the always brilliant Kurt Russell and James Spader in starring roles. The film saw Russell’s strict military man, and Spader’s over excited linguist find a ‘Stargate’, a device which would teleport them across the universe to a whole different world.
I don’t see what was particularly wrong with the original film, so the reason to reboot it kinda baffles me somewhat. The film grossed $200 million at the worldwide box office, and spawned a popular TV series, so surely a sequel would be a better idea?
Writer and director Emmerich talked last year of his plans, and claimed the new Stargate film would be a mixture of both a reboot and a sequel. Back then there was little movement on the project, but now there has been some developments.
Warner Brothers and MGM have a struck a deal for the new Stargate film, and the plan is for the reboot/sequel to be the start of a Stargate trilogy of films, which echoes Emmerich’s pitch last year of the new film unfolding in three parts.
Emmerich will direct the new film, and Dean Devlin (who has been writing and producing with Emmerich since the first Stargate film) is onboard as producer. No news has been revealed on who will write the new film.
Said Emmerich and Devlin: “The Stargate universe is one that we missed terribly, and we cannot wait to get going on imagining new adventures and situations for the trilogy. This story is very close to our hearts, and getting the chance to revisit this world is in many ways like a long lost child that has found its way back home.”
MGM will be running production on the film, with Jonathan Glickman, president of the motion picture group, overseeing on behalf of MGM, and Greg Silverman, president of creative development and worldwide production, overseeing for Warner Bros. Pictures. Worldwide distribution will be handled by Warner Bros. Pictures, with select international territories to be handled by MGM.
“We couldn’t be more excited to once again partner with Roland and Dean, the world-class creators of the original ‘Stargate,’ to bring their reinvigorated vision of this wildly popular property to audiences of multiple generations,” MGM chairman-CEO Gary Barber said. “’Stargate’ is one of the biggest titles in MGM’s vast library, and we look forward to adding this great franchise to our slate.”
When we get to seethe new Stargate film is another matter though. Emmerich is currently hard at work on his historical gay rights drama Stonewall, and there is also that other small little sci-fi he will be making directly after, a certain Independence Day 2. It is doubtful Stargate will begin filming for a long time yet…