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New Stargate trilogy will let Roland Emmerich finish the story he started

06.17.2016

Stargate Reboot Trilogy Roland Emmerich Kurt Russell James Spader

A television series spun off from a feature film doesn't typically become a bigger success than its big-screen parent, but we'll have to make an exception for the Stargate franchise. Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner expanded on the story within Roland Emmerich's STARGATE to create Stargate SG-1, a hugely successful sci-fi series which ran for ten seasons and spawned two spin-offs. Neither Emmerich or his writing/producing partner Dean Devlin were involved in the TV shows, beyond handing over the rights, but they've always wanted to return to the film which started it all and finish telling their story.

As Dean Devlin tells Variety, at the time they made STARGATE, "every single studio in Hollywood had told me that science fiction was dead, and Roland and I really love science fiction, so I think that’s partly why it worked and resonated. It wasn’t a cynical attempt to try and make something that was crowd-pleasing.” Even back in 1994, Emmerich and Devlin had envisioned a trilogy of STARGATE films but "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.” It was announced that the pair would be working on finishing that story several years ago, but rather than following the first film, they've decided to just reboot the entire thing.

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.

Ever since the Stargate television franchise shut down with the cancellation of Stargate Universe, fans have been hoping to see its return. Unfortunately for those fans, Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin don't plan on using much from the continuity of the TV franchise, but Emmerich told Empire that they will be borrowing a few elements which worked, namely, a larger ensemble cast.

Elements of it will flow into the reboot, definitely. The amount of characters, for instance. It's not a two-hander like the first one with James Spader and Kurt Russell, this time it's a bigger group. Yes, there's still the James Spader character and the Kurt Russell character, but other people are equally important. James and Kurt won't come back – maybe as cameos – it'll be a younger cast.

Although I recall enjoying it, it's been some time since I last revisited the original STARGATE film. The idea of stepping through a wormhole using ancient technology and traveling to various alien worlds is still incredibly appealing however, and even after the feature-film and the hundreds of episodes, I still feel like there are plenty of adventures left untold. Hopefully Emmerich and Devlin's new trilogy will be able to show us something new.

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12:46PM on 06/19/2016
Always loved the movie, couldn't stand the series. Mainly because of bad acting and cheesy effects. I'm excited about the possibilities of new films, but sad about needing a new cast. Unfortunately, a reboot is needed in this case, because it would not attract a younger audience if it was a direct sequel. Kids have no clue what it is, and studios want them in seats. As far as a series goes, with the amount of money they are putting into shows these days, a series could finally work and be
Always loved the movie, couldn't stand the series. Mainly because of bad acting and cheesy effects. I'm excited about the possibilities of new films, but sad about needing a new cast. Unfortunately, a reboot is needed in this case, because it would not attract a younger audience if it was a direct sequel. Kids have no clue what it is, and studios want them in seats. As far as a series goes, with the amount of money they are putting into shows these days, a series could finally work and be good.
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9:34AM on 06/19/2016
Weird to see that those awful spinoff series actually has fans. I enjoyed the movie, but the series was painfully bad.
Weird to see that those awful spinoff series actually has fans. I enjoyed the movie, but the series was painfully bad.
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3:32PM on 06/18/2016
this guy lost me when he made fun of the series, which was way better than his movie and took it in a very interesting story line. This guy can suck it.
this guy lost me when he made fun of the series, which was way better than his movie and took it in a very interesting story line. This guy can suck it.
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10:48AM on 06/18/2016
As soon as a director says something along the lines of, "X awesome actor and X awesome actor won't be in it. It'll be a younger cast," my eyes immediately roll to the back of my skull.
As soon as a director says something along the lines of, "X awesome actor and X awesome actor won't be in it. It'll be a younger cast," my eyes immediately roll to the back of my skull.
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9:52PM on 06/17/2016
Get Channing Tatum and Jay Baruchel as Kurt Russel and James Spader's characters respectively. At the very least it will be a huge hit in Canada.
Get Channing Tatum and Jay Baruchel as Kurt Russel and James Spader's characters respectively. At the very least it will be a huge hit in Canada.
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8:33PM on 06/17/2016
Every movie Roland Emmerich has made is shitty. That's all that needs to be said.
Every movie Roland Emmerich has made is shitty. That's all that needs to be said.
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12:17PM on 06/18/2016
Says the elitist douche bag.
Says the elitist douche bag.
8:16PM on 06/17/2016
I'd rather he not make the movie in the first place. I understand that stargate began on the big screen, but that's no longer what defines it. SG1, SGA and SGU define the stargate world. Ignoring that entirely turns me off completely. Pass.
I'd rather he not make the movie in the first place. I understand that stargate began on the big screen, but that's no longer what defines it. SG1, SGA and SGU define the stargate world. Ignoring that entirely turns me off completely. Pass.
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3:33PM on 06/18/2016
I can't plus this one enough
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7:56PM on 06/17/2016

This is unfortunate

It's unfortunate that they're going to overwrite the original movie. I'd prefer to have it start again with a younger cast, but treat the original film as The Hobbit in LOTR, a distant prequel. There's really no reason to retell the origin story, I'd rather they just start from that and move forward. Plus it would allow for cameos from Kurt Russell and Spader characters if they so chose.

Hey, that's the same argument I made for Ghostbusters. Damn, I'm a sexist misogynist pig!
It's unfortunate that they're going to overwrite the original movie. I'd prefer to have it start again with a younger cast, but treat the original film as The Hobbit in LOTR, a distant prequel. There's really no reason to retell the origin story, I'd rather they just start from that and move forward. Plus it would allow for cameos from Kurt Russell and Spader characters if they so chose.

Hey, that's the same argument I made for Ghostbusters. Damn, I'm a sexist misogynist pig!
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7:13PM on 06/17/2016

Yeah well

thats odd I was thinking eariler today if we would get more stargates and welp my answers were heard. I'm so stoked.
thats odd I was thinking eariler today if we would get more stargates and welp my answers were heard. I'm so stoked.
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