‘Stargate': Roland Emmerich will direct first film in new trilogy
James Spader, left, Kurt Russell and John Diehl in the 1994 sci-fi adventure "Stargate." (Claudette Barius / NBC)Link
James Spader, left, and Kurt Russell team up in the 1994 sci-fi adventure "Stargate." (Claudette Barius / NBC)Link
A scene from "Stargate." (Claudette Barius / NBC)Link
Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge, Richard Dean Anderson and Michael Shanks in "Stargate SG–1." (Showtime)Link
Richard Dean Anderson as Col. Jack O'Neill and Amanda Tapping as Maj. Samantha Carter in "Stargate SG-1." (MGM Studios)Link
Jason Momoa as Ronon Dex, David Hewlett as Dr. Rodney McKay, Rachel Luttrell as Teyla Emmagan and Joe Flanigan as Lt. Col. John Sheppard in "Stargate: Atlantis." (Eike Schroter / Sci Fi Channel)Link
Amanda Tapping as Col. Samantha Carter and Colin Cunningham as Paul Davis in "Stargate: Atlantis." (Eike Schroter / Sci Fi Channel)Link
Jamil Walker Smith as Msgt. Ronald Greer, Alaina Huffman as Msgt. Tamara Johansen, Louis Ferreira as Col. Everett Young, Ming–Na Wen as Camile Wray, Robert Carlyle as Dr. Nicholas Rush, Brian J Smith as Lt. Matthew Scott, Elyse Levesque as Chloe Armstrong, David Blue as Eli Wallace and Lou Diamond Phillips as Col. Telford in "Stargate Universe." (Art Streiber / Syfy)Link
Tygh Runyan as Dr. Caine and Patrick Gilmore as Dale Volker in "Stargate Universe." (Eike Schroter / Syfy)Link
Roland Emmerich attends the Berlin premiere of "White House Down." (Sean Gallup / Getty Images)Link
Roland Emmerich is ready to revisit one of his chief successes.
The popcorn filmmaker is partnering with longtime collaborator Dean Devlin to launch a new trilogy of films that will reimagine 1994’s “Stargate,” the Kurt Russell/James Spader vehicle that spawned three spinoff TV series, as well as comics, video games and even a cartoon.
Emmerich, who directed and co-wrote the original film with Devlin, is confirmed to direct, while Devlin is set to produce the new movies for MGM and Warner Bros., the studios announced Thursday.
The project is one that Emmerich had expressed interest in pursuing last year. At an appearance at the 2013 Hero Complex Film Festival, the filmmaker said, “It doesn’t go to me unnoticed that most movies are sequels, the successful ones are all sequels or superhero movies. ['Stargate' is] such a beloved film and you could do it so much better now as such a bigger idea… I have really a great idea how to redo this and in this first part plan certain ideas and things which kind of point to number two and three. It would be a great trilogy.”
“Stargate” posits the discovery of a strange artifact that Spader’s oddball Egyptologist determines is actually a map of the heavens that can offer a means of traveling to distant corners of the universe. Before long Spader’s Daniel Jackson and Russell’s strait-laced military man find themselves across the galaxy in a desert world.
The film became a breakout hit and spawned the TV series “Stargate SG-1,” but Emmerich said that the advances in moviemaking technology could make a new “Stargate” movie series much more visually spectacular.
“Technology got so much better, it’s so much more impressive what you can do these days,” Emmerich said at the time.
“Stargate” isn’t Emmerich’s only visit to memory lane, however. The filmmaker, who is shooting “Stonewall,” a politically charged dramatic account of the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York, also is working on two sequels to his 1996 blockbuster, “Independence Day.”
What do you think about a “Stargate” reboot? Who should replace Spader and Russell in the cast lineup? Let us know in the comments.
– Gina McIntyre
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