Given the complex mythology built up around Stargate SG-1, Atlantis and now Stargate Universe, it's easy to forget that the whole thing started in 1994 with director Roland Emmerich's movie, starring Kurt Russell as Jack O'Neill and James Spader as Daniel Jackson.
In the years since, Devlin has told us that he still wants to produce the two sequels he and Emmerich always envisioned, and Emmerich told us over the weekend that he's also game, though that means overcoming some rights issues and his natural aversion to doing sequels.
"Whew, it's a tough one," Emmerich told us in an exclusive interview in Jackson Hole, Wyo. "I mean, I constantly keep talking about it with Dean, too. I mean, we also keep talking about an Independence Day sequel, but it's just, like, such a ... tough thing to do in these days."
In 2006, Devlin told us: "We would just continue the mythology of the movie and finish that out. I think the series could still live at the end of the third sequel. So we're going to try to not tread on their stories."
"When we created the original Stargate, we always envisioned it as a trilogy, and, unfortunately, the way in which the movie got made, we didn't really have control over [it]," Devlin added. "I think it will be very exciting to actually get to go do parts two and three."
Last Friday, Emmerich said: "It was probably good that we never did these sequels, because it forced us always to do something new. ... In general, I'm not a big fan of sequels. I'm just not a big fan of sequels. Because it's very rare that a sequel really works for me. Like, for instance, Aliens was a great sequel. But most of the time they're kind of a lesser version of the first one."
Another consideration: Russell is now 58 and Spader is a rotund 49 (as anyone who's seen him on Boston Legal can attest), and that may be a bit long in the tooth.
Not to say they couldn't recast, though, and it would be fascinating to see how Emmerich and Devlin's Stargate mythology would have diverged from the elaborate universe we've seen developed in the TV shows.