MGM and Warner Bros. have worked out a deal that will allow them to relaunch one of 1990s most popular science fiction franchises, and they’re bringing a big name director, known for his penchant for destruction, along for the ride. It is being reported that Roland Emmerich is attached to helm a new Stargate movie, the first in what is proposed to be a new trilogy.
THR reports that Emmerich, who directed the 1994 original, will reteam with producing partner Dean Devlin, who also produced that film. The blockbuster director hasn’t had a big hit in a while, and this isn’t the only of his successful films that he’s planning to revisit. The long gestating Independence Day 2, parts one and two, also just inked a deal with a new writer, Carter Blanchard.
While that movie is moving along, albeit at a snail’s pace, these new Stargate movies haven’t progressed quite that far. Right now there are no further details aside from the fact that this is happening and the Emmerich and Devlin are involved. There’s no word on who will handle the scripting duties, what the story will be, or even if Emmerich is attached to direct more than the first film.
There’s also the question about whether these movies will be sequels, reboots, or something else entirely. If you guessed the third option, you’re correct. From what Emmerich has said about this project before, it is going to be a little bit of both. He said they “proposed to them [MGM] to do a sequel, but as a reboot… and reboot it as a movie and then do three parts. Pretty soon we’ll have to look for a writer and start.”
If you have any idea about what a sequel that is also a reboot will look like, your guess is as good as ours. We suspect it could look something like Transformers: Age of Extinction, a movie set in the same universe, where events from the movie happened and impact the world, but with a new cast of characters. Hopefully there will still be a place for Kurt Russell in this trilogy.
The story of Stargate follows a group of scientists who discover an ancient Egyptian device that has the ability to transport you across to far away worlds. After raking in $196 million at the box office, numerous television shows followed, as well as an animated series and video games, though there were no additional feature films. Stargate: Universe, the most recent installment, wrapped up its short run in 2011, though one enterprising fan tried to raise $50 million to bring it back.
There are lot of questions surrounding this new Stargate trilogy. Are you excited to see more adventures on the big screen? How do you think Emmerich will fare returning to one of his biggest hits? If this has to happen, would you rather see someone else direct? Tell us what you think about this in the comments section.