Devlin on why they're not making two ID4 sequels, when we'll see Stargate reboot

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Dec 4, 2014, 6:48 PM EST (Updated)

Dean Devlin was responsible for two of the coolest sci-fi flicks of the 1990s, and he’s trying to mount sequels and reboots for both of them. So what’s the latest?

Devlin is hard at work on a reboot of the beloved Stargate brand, which will be separate from both his original film and the decade of television series it spawned, along with a sequel to the alien-invasion action classic Independence Day.

We just received word Independence Day 2 is a go, though rumored plans to shoot two sequels back to back had been scrapped. Why? According to Devlin, they wanted to make sure they didn’t split their focus, so they opted to just film one movie to make sure they had the concept nailed down and the public responded well to the direction. Here’s what he told Nerd Report:

“We decided just to do one first to make sure that people like where we're going. If that works well, there's an ability to do some world building which would be really fun and interesting to do. I think Roland and everybody felt, let's just make sure 20 years later that people still are interested. I think in our case, we started to feel that maybe we were being a little bit arrogant by assuming that we could do two movies. We said you know what, let's scale it down. Let's first make sure that it works for everyone." 

Looking toward the Stargate reboot, Devlin noted the one-off Independence Day sequel should actually get things moving a bit quicker on the Stargate rebirth. He and frequent collaborator Roland Emmerich apparently plan to jump head-first into Stargate once work on Independence Day 2 wraps:

“Unfortunately, we have to wait until we finish Independence Day for that. Roland wants to direct that one too. Hopefully we go into that right afterwards.”

So, a few things to take from this report. For one, they scrapped the ID4 double sequels because they’re unsure of the new direction, which implies it could be a major shift from the original film. Two, the Stargate reboot is definitely still winding through development, and it sounds like Devlin and Emmerich are keen to make it happen. We're anxious to see how that one turns out.

Which project are you most looking forward to?

(Via Nerd Report)