Dean Devlin May Bring Back Stargate
After the release of the first film in 1994, Stargate became a sprawling sci-fi franchise. Since the initial movie there have been two direct to DVD sequels (The Ark of Truth and Continuum), three television series (SG-1, Atlantis, and Universe), an animated series (Infinity), and a videogame (Resistance).
That’s quite a media collection, but if Dean Devlin, writer and producer of the original Stargate, has his way, we may finally see two more theatrical releases. Devlin and Roland Emmerich wrote the original, which Emmerich directed. While talking to Heat Vision about a potential Independence Day sequel, Devlin dropped this bit about Stargate’s possible future:
Stargate has always had this empty hole…When we made the first one, we always intended on doing part two and three, and we were prevented for years. And our hope is that we can get another chance at Stargate and tell the entire story we wanted to tell.
The original movie starred James Spader, an Egyptologist, and Kurt Russell, a badass military specialist, who go through the titular Stargate, which creates a wormhole to the other side of the universe. The idea of alien cultures having played a major role in the development and history of life on Earth is a concept very much still in vogue in current science fiction. That’s the basic premise of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus.
Devlin didn’t say anything about potential plots, or whether or not the sequels would incorporate the massive accumulation of mythology generated in the subsequent shows and movies. At this point more Stargate movies sounds like a pipe dream rather than something either Devlin or Emmerich is working on, or intends to work on. But maybe, just maybe, fans of the franchise have something to look forward to.