Before we talk about the Stargate reboot, let’s talk about where it all started. The original Stargate movie premiered way back in 1994 and starred the likes of Kurt Russell and James Spader. It was co-written by Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, with Emmerich handling the director’s duties.
The movie went on to spawn more Stargate, with the TV series’ Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, Stargate Universe as well as the movies Stargate: The Ark of Truth, Stargate: Continuum, and Stargate: Children of the Gods. There was also a web series titled Stargate Origins and even an animated series Stargate Infinity.
With all this Stargate at our fingertips, and a dedicated fanbase hungry for more, are we getting it? Here’s what we know about the plans to do a Stargate reboot.
IN THE BEGINNING
The original Stargate movie was the story of scientists discovering a an ancient ring buried in the desert. Dubbed the “Stargate” the ring created a wormhole which when entered, would take a traveler through a portal to another world. Kurt Russell’s Colonel Jack O’Neil and James Spader’s Dr. Daniel Jackson were two who were tasked to go through the gate, see what was on the other side and determine if there were any potential military threats as well as exploring what new world may await them.
This original movie always begged for a sequel. In fact, the original idea was to make the features into a trilogy. Instead they made TV shows which, in their own way, became even more popular. That means a sequel is basically impossible at this point and the only way to continue the franchise is with a full Stargate reboot.
Once the TV run of Stargate TV shows ended, talk of turning rebooting Stargate into a feature film franchise resumed. So far though, it’s been all talk and no action.
Director Emmerich recently gave fans, via Comicbook, an update on the possibility of seeing a Stargate reboot: “Yeah, I kind of talked a little bit with MGM about Stargate. But I think this is going nowhere because there was another TV show, and they kind of realized that if it’s like some sort of a mixed bag.” Definitely not what fans wanted to hear.
Emmerich also told Screenrant that even if a Stargate reboot was still in the works, his involvement would be minimal at best. “No, not really anymore. Yes, I’m involved, but also not. Because I have so many other things to do. I have, like, two or three other projects I want to do and they’re kind of more important than – I think somebody else has to do that. MGM is trying.”
For co-writer Dean Devlin’s part, it’s not so much of not wanting to be part of a sequel, it’s more a case of not wanting to work with the big studios anymore. He had this to say back in 2018 on The Matthew Aaron Show about his involvement with a sequel, “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.”
Sounds like his experience on Geostorm, his feature film directorial debut was not a pleasant one.
While the makers of the original Stargate movie, as well as the 1996 hit Independence Day, have hinted that something might still be in the works, there no official word from MGM about a movie sequel.
What about the many others who have starred in the franchise? Richard Dean Anderson and Amanda Tapping, stars from the Stargate SG-1 series, recently reunited and Tapping had this to say about the possibility of a Stargate franchise reboot: “I know that there’s interest from MGM, for sure, to try to revitalize the franchise in some way.”
So is MGM interested in a Stargate reboot or aren’t they? With a world as big as Stargate possesses and a rabid fanbase, you’d think MGM would be looking intently at getting another version of Stargate rolling.
While future of Stargate seems bleak at the moment, things can change, as they often do, in a heartbeat. Hollywood is fickle like that. We’ll keep this space updated on the status of Stargate’s reboot.