Roland Emmerich’s 1994 film Stargate was originally designed as a trilogy, but MGM decided to launch three TV companion series. Now that screenwriter Dean Devlin is in active development with Emmerich on a movie reboot, he says they have to start over from scratch in order to fulfill the original vision.
“At the time that we made it, every single studio in Hollywood had told me that science-fiction was dead,” Devlin told Variety in an interview. “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.”
Noting “what happened with the rights and changes at the studio,” Devlin remarked how “we never got to do parts two and three,” but that could change with the reboot. “It’s not a story that can take place 20 years later,” he explained. “So the only way to really tell that trilogy is to go back from the beginning and start the story all over again.”
Devlin added, “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. … For us, it’s not putting down what has been done. It’s to let us finish telling our story.”
Kurt Russell and James Spader starring in the original film about a portal to a different world with inhabitants resembling ancient Egyptians. MGM and Warner Bros. are teaming to produce the reboot, which enlisted Independence Day: Resurgence screenwriters James A. Woods and Nicolas Wright.