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Dean Devlin explains why he's rebooting Stargate instead of making a sequel

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Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich owned the 1990s when it came to big budget scifi with STARGATE and INDEPENDENCE DAY. Now, with both of those franchises getting sequels or reboots, Devlin is right back in every conversation as fans process the prospect of these new films. With STARGATE already having spawned a number of television series spin-offs, it seemed odd to do away with all of that established continuity for a new trilogy of films. But, according to Devlin, the TV series are the exact reason why STARGATE is being rebooted.

In an interview with the Portland Business Journal, Devlin explained exactly why the independently financed STARGATE was never completed the way he and Emmerich had originally intended.

ďThe 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 Iíve 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 didnít want to do anything other than the TV series. So literally for 20 years Iíve been chasing this project. Twenty years later, we canít really do part two. We have to start over from the beginning. So let's reboot the series, put in all the things we couldnít the first time, and set it up properly.Ē

Devlin and Emmerich were not directly involved with the various STARGATE television series, so the plot ideas and direction the characters went likely strayed so far from their initial vision for the story that there would be no way to tell the tale the way they wanted. By rebooting, STARGATE may hold the same basic concept of portals between worlds, but everything else could be different. I think I may like that idea better than retreading the same stories and characters we have already seen. Hopefully Devlin's confidence in the original plot is worth all of the effort being put into this reboot.

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3:38PM on 06/29/2014
I saw the original in the theater, enjoyed the different TV series, but I'm very anxious to see what it had originally been intended to be!
I saw the original in the theater, enjoyed the different TV series, but I'm very anxious to see what it had originally been intended to be!
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11:07PM on 06/25/2014
Nathan Fillion or Idris Elba for the Kurt Russell role... naturally :-)
Nathan Fillion or Idris Elba for the Kurt Russell role... naturally :-)
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7:26AM on 06/26/2014
Fuck that! I want Idris Elba for Russell's part AND Spader's part. Fillon can play the love interest. :-)
Fuck that! I want Idris Elba for Russell's part AND Spader's part. Fillon can play the love interest. :-)
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10:59PM on 06/25/2014
He should take a cue from Shane Black.
He should take a cue from Shane Black.
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10:49PM on 06/25/2014

"Dean Devlin explains why he's rebooting Stargate instead of making a sequel"

It's easier to recycle what we already did instead of coming up with something new.
It's easier to recycle what we already did instead of coming up with something new.
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9:05PM on 06/25/2014

After reading that...

I'm not really into this anymore. They seem to have have no respect for what the multiple tv series' did for the franchise, and can only think about what they were unable to do. It's the tv series' that made Stargate what it is, with its now huge mythos and fan base.

That fact that they are scrapping all of that just to tell their original story seems shellfish.
I'm not really into this anymore. They seem to have have no respect for what the multiple tv series' did for the franchise, and can only think about what they were unable to do. It's the tv series' that made Stargate what it is, with its now huge mythos and fan base.

That fact that they are scrapping all of that just to tell their original story seems shellfish.
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9:42PM on 06/25/2014
I'm not making fun of you, really I'm not, and I do agree with you... but put that exact statement in the mouths of studio execs. It sounds like what they would say when fanboys start flipping tables over sequels and remakes lol

Seriously I'm on your side... It's just funny is all.
I'm not making fun of you, really I'm not, and I do agree with you... but put that exact statement in the mouths of studio execs. It sounds like what they would say when fanboys start flipping tables over sequels and remakes lol

Seriously I'm on your side... It's just funny is all.
10:57PM on 06/25/2014
Naw, dude. Most people I know think the tv show was weak. The movie was tits.
Naw, dude. Most people I know think the tv show was weak. The movie was tits.
8:27PM on 06/25/2014
Interstellar crossover!
Interstellar crossover!
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8:21PM on 06/25/2014

love the original

and he's 100% right, the movie just came out too long ago for a direct sequel to make sense now. They need to reintroduce it and go from there with sequels, the engine has been off for too long. At the same time I really really really hope it's a unique reboot, take the concept but switch it up. Brand new characters, brand new story, just the same concept in terms of the titular object.
and he's 100% right, the movie just came out too long ago for a direct sequel to make sense now. They need to reintroduce it and go from there with sequels, the engine has been off for too long. At the same time I really really really hope it's a unique reboot, take the concept but switch it up. Brand new characters, brand new story, just the same concept in terms of the titular object.
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7:40PM on 06/25/2014

sure

the original isn't so sacred as to pis people off for a reboot. It reminds me of "Evil Dead"

Evil Dead 2 was more of a remake with the budget Raimi wanted to do the first one properly. Calling it 2 was just a corny joke (still great movies both of them). This could be the big budget movie these guys wanted to do all along. Now with effects to match. I enjoyed the original and would be interested in another
the original isn't so sacred as to pis people off for a reboot. It reminds me of "Evil Dead"

Evil Dead 2 was more of a remake with the budget Raimi wanted to do the first one properly. Calling it 2 was just a corny joke (still great movies both of them). This could be the big budget movie these guys wanted to do all along. Now with effects to match. I enjoyed the original and would be interested in another
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7:21PM on 06/25/2014
I still say there's no reason to redo the origin story. Simply use the original film as a distant prequel, so you can hit the ground running with a new trilogy, rather than waste time retelling an origin that was already done pretty well.

You can have an aged Kurt Russell playing the general in charge of the whole operation. Maybe have Spader take up residence on some distant planet as a kind of recluse.
I still say there's no reason to redo the origin story. Simply use the original film as a distant prequel, so you can hit the ground running with a new trilogy, rather than waste time retelling an origin that was already done pretty well.

You can have an aged Kurt Russell playing the general in charge of the whole operation. Maybe have Spader take up residence on some distant planet as a kind of recluse.
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7:11PM on 06/25/2014
Sounds fun, but I hope they find a way to be respectful in some way to the 15 years television that expanded the Stargate mythos. I don't know how this 20 year old idea for a trilogy is going to work in the face of that. I just hope they manage to keep and grow the current fan base for this rather than disregard the stuff they didn't make.
Sounds fun, but I hope they find a way to be respectful in some way to the 15 years television that expanded the Stargate mythos. I don't know how this 20 year old idea for a trilogy is going to work in the face of that. I just hope they manage to keep and grow the current fan base for this rather than disregard the stuff they didn't make.
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6:20PM on 06/25/2014
"Dean Devlin explains why he's rebooting Stargate instead of making a sequel"

That's easy. Because the original sucked.
"Dean Devlin explains why he's rebooting Stargate instead of making a sequel"

That's easy. Because the original sucked.
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6:02PM on 06/25/2014
Love the first movie. I'm okay with the reboot idea but doubt they'll be able to beat the original combo of Russell and Spader.
Love the first movie. I'm okay with the reboot idea but doubt they'll be able to beat the original combo of Russell and Spader.
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5:53PM on 06/25/2014
Stargate was a solid movie. It's a shame we won't get a sequel, but at least we'll have the complete trilogy.
Stargate was a solid movie. It's a shame we won't get a sequel, but at least we'll have the complete trilogy.
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5:33PM on 06/25/2014
What is a Dean Devlin?
What is a Dean Devlin?
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4:59PM on 06/25/2014
never did care for the original stargate so this doesn't really bother me the best part about the original was kurt russell
never did care for the original stargate so this doesn't really bother me the best part about the original was kurt russell
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4:30AM on 06/26/2014
Same.
Same.
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4:54PM on 06/25/2014
why cant they make a sequel. is it really that hard to have a text crawl across teh screen at the beginning that says "20 years later"?????
why cant they make a sequel. is it really that hard to have a text crawl across teh screen at the beginning that says "20 years later"?????
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5:07PM on 06/25/2014
but what if that doesnt work in the context of the story. What if the point was to have jack oneil return 5 years later...not when hes almost fkin 70
but what if that doesnt work in the context of the story. What if the point was to have jack oneil return 5 years later...not when hes almost fkin 70
4:31PM on 06/25/2014

As a Stargate Fan ...

I'm totally down with this. I was a huge fan of the movie, and I read all the novels by Bill McKay that expanded on the universe established by the movie, and absolutely loved at least the first two Stargate series (Couldn't get into "Universe;" it was like it was trying too hard to be Battlestar Galactica). So Devlin is perfectly right in doing it this way. The original iteration of the franchise has too much history behind it, and fans won't be able to separate it from the TV series. So I
I'm totally down with this. I was a huge fan of the movie, and I read all the novels by Bill McKay that expanded on the universe established by the movie, and absolutely loved at least the first two Stargate series (Couldn't get into "Universe;" it was like it was trying too hard to be Battlestar Galactica). So Devlin is perfectly right in doing it this way. The original iteration of the franchise has too much history behind it, and fans won't be able to separate it from the TV series. So I am quite interested in seeing what he does with it this time around. I just hope he keeps to its core premise. That's all.
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