Back in 1994, before the great success they had with “Independence Day” in 1996, Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin explored an alien culture in “Stargate”.
It had been a success as well, grossing almost $200 million worldwide. It also inspired three spinoff TV series that were produced without the involvement of Devlin and Emmerich, as MGM still had rights to the property.
“At the time that we made it, every single studio in Hollywood had told me that science fiction was dead,” Devlin recalls. “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.”
But, “Stargate” was supposed to be the first part of a trilogy, as Devlin reveals. However, due to changes at the studio, issues with rights and “all kinds of strange things”, Devlin’s and Emmerich’s plan never came to fruition. Well, until now.
A reboot of “Stargate” is in the works, produced by MGM and Warner Bros.. Emmerich and Devlin will work with the writers of “Independence Day: Resurgence”, Nicolas Wright and James A. Woods. (So interestingly, “Resurgence” is Emmerich’s first official sequel, though the “Stargate” idea is older.)
“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,” Devlin says.
The reboot of the movie is intended to revive the interest and kickstart the “Stargate” franchise, which Emmerich and Devlin always had high hopes for. It remains to be seen what they make of it, considering that by 2011 the interest for the spinoff series largely subsided. But now that MGM have Emmerich and Devlin back on board, good things are possible.