‘Stargate’ to get movie trilogy? Roland Emmerich plans a reboot

Sept. 06, 2013 | 4:06 p.m.

James Spader, left, Kurt Russell and John Diehl in the 1994 sci-fi adventure "Stargate." (Claudette Barius / NBC)

James Spader, left, and Kurt Russell team up in the 1994 sci-fi adventure "Stargate." (Claudette Barius / NBC)

Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge, Richard Dean Anderson and Michael Shanks in "Stargate SG–1." (Showtime)

Richard Dean Anderson as Col. Jack O'Neill and Amanda Tapping as Maj. Samantha Carter in "Stargate SG-1." (MGM Studios)

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)

Amanda Tapping as Col. Samantha Carter and Colin Cunningham as Paul Davis in "Stargate: Atlantis." (Eike Schroter / Sci Fi Channel)

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)

Tygh Runyan as Dr. Caine and Patrick Gilmore as Dale Volker in "Stargate Universe." (Eike Schroter / Syfy)

“Stargate” may be getting a reboot.

Director Roland Emmerich, who co-created “Stargate” with Dean Devlin, says he wants to remake “Stargate” as a film trilogy.

“We went to MGM, who has the rights, and proposed to them to do a sequel, but as a reboot … and reboot it as a movie and then do three parts,” Emmerich told Digital Spy. “Pretty soon we’ll have to look for a writer and start.”

Director Roland Emmerich at his Los Angeles home on May 28, 2013. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

Director Roland Emmerich at his Los Angeles home on May 28, 2013. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

But don’t expect James Spader, recently cast in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and Kurt Russell to reprise their roles from the 1994 sci-fi flick.

“The actors look totally different,” Emmerich told Digital Spy. “It would not work.”

The film, which Emmerich co-wrote with longtime collaborator Dean Devlin, spawned three spinoff TV series, as well as comics, video games and even a cartoon. “Stargate Universe,” the most recent TV series, was canceled during its second season and ended on a cliffhanger. A planned follow-up film never materialized.

“Stargate” isn’t Emmerich’s only visit to memory lane. The filmmaker is working on “Independence Day 2,” due in theaters July 3, 2015, nearly two decades after the original broke records at the box office.

“There are those people who make mainstream commercial films in order to further their career so that they can one day get to make the movie they’ve always dreamed of making,” Devlin told Hero Complex earlier this year.  “And then there’s those people who really, really love mainstream movies, and Roland’s one of those people. He approaches these films with the same amount of love and passion as Scorsese does when he does an art picture.”

What do you think about a “Stargate” reboot? Who should replace Spader and Russell in the cast lineup? Let us know in the comments.

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | Google+


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