New details on Stargate reboot

Dean Devlin reveals the new Stargate trilogy will go back to square one, and tell the story he and Roland Emmerich originally wanted.

Later this week, director Roland Emmerich’s long-mooted sequel to Independence Day finally lands in UK cinemas. Independence Day: Resurgence follows the original by 20 years, and it’s not going to be the last of Emmerich’s earlier films that he’s revisiting.

Plans remain afoot, after all, for a new movie take on Stargate. Emmerich directed the original film, that Dean Devlin wrote and produced. And Devlin has been chatting to Variety about the plans to bring Stargate back to the big screen.

“At the time that we made it, every single studio in Hollywood had told me that science fiction was dead”, Devlin remembered, “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”.

The original plan was for Stargate to be a movie trilogy, but – following assorted studio issues – it would find a home on television instead, with over 350 episodes spread across three different series. However, Devlin and Emmerich are now redeveloping the movie trilogy approach. after not being allowed to follow that path first time around.

“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 said. “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”, he added. “For us, it’s not putting down what has been done. It’s to let us finish telling our story”.

Nicolas Wright and James A Woods are currently working on a screenplay for the new Stargate.