While Stargate was a moderate success when it was released in 1994, the franchise became a cult favorite, spawning several direct-to-video movies, television series, books, and video games. With a devoted fanbase that has kept this series alive and kicking for decades, a new rumor suggesting that a Stargate reboot is in the works should excite fans that still adore this series.
The rumor comes from Daniel Richtman, who states that a Stargate reboot in some capacity is in the early stages of development. Richtman doesn’t state more information than that, nor does he say where he is hearing this information from, so don’t hold your breath just quite yet. But considering that there hasn’t been a new film since 2009’s Stargate SG-1: Children of the Gods in 2009, and Stargate Universe ended in 2011, it seems about time for Stargate to come back to screens.
1994’s Stargate was one of the first major blockbusters from writer-director Roland Emmerich. After the popularity of 1992’s Universe Soldier, which Emmerich directed, his sci-fi epic Stargate ended up making $196 million worldwide. Emmerich would continue to make gigantic blockbusters, such as 1996’s Independence Day, 2004’s The Day After Tomorrow, and 2009’s 2012. Emmerich has only returned to one of his earlier projects once, with the disappointing 2016 film, Independence Day: Resurgence. But considering Stargate is one of his earliest successes, maybe he would be up for a Stargate reboot.
That being said, Roland Emmerich in recent years has balanced out his penchant for massive blockbusters with smaller films, neither of which are received that well. In the last decade, Emmerich has directed 2011’s Anonymous, and the critically-despised Stonewall in 2015. Yet Emmerich still likes to blow stuff up, as was last seen in 2019’s Midway, and 2013’s White House Down. Emmerich is currently filming Moonfall, with Halle Berry, Patrick Wilson, and Stanley Tucci, in a film about the moon literally falling out of orbit. With Emmerich still showing he has an interest in insanely huge action films, it’s possible he might be interested in returning for a Stargate reboot.
Yet even though Stargate hasn’t had a theatrical release since 1994, the film spawned three direct-to-video films, and three different live-action series. The most popular of these, Stargate SG-1, aired for ten seasons on Showtime and the Sci Fi networks. But with Stargate living on in so many different iterations, the timelines and history of this series have certainly gotten muddled over the decades, which might make a Stargate reboot essential to the continuation of this franchise.
Back in 2016, there had been plans to make a Stargate reboot, yet writer and producer Dean Devlin had said that the plans had fallen through, saying it looked as though things were a go, before ultimately falling apart. Devlin and Emmerich have stayed quiet since about the possibility of a Stargate reboot, but hopefully, we’ll hear something official about the return of this series in the near future.