Get ready to step through the gate again.
Roland Emmerich and his producing and writing partner Dean Devlin have talked for a long time about the possibility of revisiting the Stargate franchise on the big screen. The 1994 film starring Kurt Russell and James Spader was a box-office hit and spawned three successful TV series, but according to Devlin they'd always planned for a movie trilogy and never got to finish it. Last year, Emmerich revealed he'd gone to Stargate's original studio, MGM, and asked to start work on a new Stargate film trilogy that would reboot the franchise. Now MGM chairman Gary Barber has announced that his studio will partner with Warner Bros. to produce a reimagined Stargate film trilogy, with Emmerich directing and Devlin producing.
“We couldn't be more excited to once again partner with Roland and Dean, the world-class creators of the original ‘Stargate,' 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,” Barber said.
There's no word yet on who will be writing the film, who might be cast, or how closely it will stick to the story of the original film (if at all). There's also no release date yet, though Emmerich is already in preproduction on his two sequels to another of his '90s hits, 1996's Independence Day, the first of which is scheduled for a 2016 release, so we might be waiting a while to see his new vision of Stargate.
“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,” Emmerich and Devlin said in a joint statement.
So Emmerich and Devlin are revisiting their own film and creating a new vision, and Stargate fans are finally getting more of their beloved franchise. There are still a lot of questions when it comes to what Emmerich and Devlin are planning, but at least we know that Stargate's on its way back to the big screen.
(Via The Wrap)