Just last week, Stargate director Roland Emmerich opened up about the upcoming big screen reboot, revealing the new movie would retain some elements from the Stargate SG-1 series and its two spinoffs (Atlantis and Universe). It was producer Dean Devlin’s turn to have a bit more to say about the sci-fi movie project in a new interview with Variety.
When Stargate came out back in 1994, Devlin says it was meant to be the first in a trilogy of films “and because of what happened with the rights and changes at the studio and all kinds of strange things, we never got to do parts two and three.”
Now, they have a second chance.
Penning the script for the new movie meant to kickstart the franchise are James A. Woods and Nicolas Wright who wrote the Independence Day sequel, Resurgence. Devlin says the new movie won’t take place 20 years later but will indeed be a reboot in order for them to be able to tell the story they had intended to tell in the first place.
“It’s not a story that can take place 20 years later. So the only way to really tell that trilogy is to go back from the beginning and start the story all over again.”
The duo are now back to working with MGM, who kept the rights to the property and the TV shows that were produced without Emmerich and Devlin being involved, but Devlin says there’s no bad blood about that.
“It was taken away from us, and it’s tough to have your children raised by other parents, even if they do a very good job. … For us, it’s not putting down what has been done. It’s to let us finish telling our story. Today, studios tend to not think of movies as trilogies or sequels (but) as cinematic universes. So as we’ve been developing it, we found all these avenues that allow it to expand. The foundation is exactly the same as what we wanted to do, but now the possibilities are much wider.”
Are you looking forward to see what Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin will do with their second shot at telling the Stargate story the way they originally meant it to be told?