Stargate. You know it. You love it. The 1994 sci-fi adventure film that spawned a franchise that spanned multiple audience-beloved television series is finally coming back to the big screen in the form of a reboot, as announced by MGM and Warner Bros. earlier today. According to the official press release sent out by the studios, original writer/director team Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin will return with Emmerich once again in the director seat and Devlin in a producing role (no other writer has been named at this time). Also, as per the standard business model, the plan is for the new film to begin a new trilogy for the franchise.
“We couldn’t be more excited to once again partner with Roland and Dean, the world-class creators of the original Stargate,” said MGM chairman Gary Barber, “to bring their reinvigorated vision of this wildly popular property to audiences of multiple generations. Stargate is one of the biggest titles in MGM’s vast library, and we look forward to adding this great franchise to our slate.” Emmerich and Devlin went on to add “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.”
Considering the announcement, one must wonder where it leaves Emmerich’s planned sequels for Independence Day. This was also addressed in the announcement, “[Emmerich] is also in pre-production on ID Forever Part I and Part II, back-to-back sequels to his hit film.” So it seems those two sequels will shoot back-to-back before cameras begin rolling on Stargate. Odds are the reboot script will be written during Independence Day’s production.
It’s no surprise MGM wants to bring one of its most successful hits back to the big screen. It is, however, a bit surprising they went back to Emmerich to do it. It will be interesting to see what new ideas the director can bring to the table after 20 years of being away from the franchise.
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