Forget the original film: Devlin plans to 'start over' with Stargate reboot

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Jun 25, 2014, 4:20 PM EDT (Updated)

We'd been wondering exactly how Dean Devlin, one of the original minds behind Stargate, would follow up his 1994 film when word broke of a reboot. Now we have our answer.

In an interview with Portland Business Journal, Devlin opened up a bit more about his long-gestating return to the franchise he helped create. Devlin once again noted he originally pitched the franchise as a trilogy, but when the studio opted to go the TV series route with SG-1, he never got to tell that story.

So how will the reboot fit? Basically, it sounds like Devlin is going to incorporate elements from his trilogy idea with the original film to tell a wholly new story — definitely not a sequel, but a reimagining of sorts, incorporating old and new elements from his original pitch 20+ years ago.

Here’s an excerpt:

“The Stargate thing is a different story. We did the original Stargate as an independent movie. It was a surprise success. Shortly before the movie came out, the financiers who were frightened the movie might not do well sold the film to MGM. When the film came out, it was a hit and spawned TV shows.

Of all the projects I’ve ever done, Stargate is the only one from the beginning intended to be a trilogy. We always wanted to do parts two and three, but the thinking was they didn’t want to do anything other than the TV series. So literally for 20 years I’ve been chasing this project. Twenty years later, we can’t really do part two. We have to start over from the beginning. So let's reboot the series, put in all the things we couldn’t the first time, and set it up properly.”

It definitely sounds like Devlin is going in with a trilogy (once again) in mind, and it could be interesting to see his long-form take on the franchise all these years later. What do you think?

(Via Portland Business Journal)