Stargate Reboot

Audiences weren’t too keen to jump back into the world of Independence Day this past summer. Roland Emmerich‘s all-around underwhelming sequel failed to match half the success of its predecessor. The pricey sequel didn’t connect with audiences, meaning we probably won’t see Independence Day 3‘s intergalactic journey anytime soon. Another sequel we maybe shouldn’t expect from Stonewall director Roland Emmerich? The Stargate one he’s been planning a long time.

Below, learn more about why the Stargate reboot isn’t happening.

Back in 2013, Emmerich announced the Stargate sequel/reboot. The director wanted to do a Stargate trilogy, which would somehow continue the story of the 1994 movie. Emmerich’s original film never launched a sequel, although there were successful television shows (Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis) based on the same core concept: a mysterious portal discovered in the desert can transport humans to a distant alien world. That alien world is ultimately a letdown in the film, but there’s worse company to have than Kurt Russell and James Spader in a decent enough sci-fi movie.

It’s unknown if either actor would’ve returned for the reboot/sequel, but producer Dean Devlin told Empire it recently fell apart anyway:

It looked good for a couple of months, but now it’s not looking so good. There are just a lot of things that have to fire at the same time, and there was a moment where I thought it was all firing at the same time, and then it all kind of fell apart. It’s one of the reasons I prefer to work independently. Listen, I think if we did Stargate right, the fans would like it and we could do something really good. But if we screw it up, they’ll reject it. As they should. But I kind of don’t want to do it if I think that we’ll screw it up, and that’s one of the things that’s holding us back.

The original Stargate was made independently, while the reboot would involve both Warner Bros. and MGM. The producer added:

You’d have several studios involved and a lot of voices and, you know, you may make something great, but you also may have something that doesn’t resemble what you wanted to do. That kind of ‘collaboration’ is a terrifying aspect of the whole thing.’

The last we heard about the Stargate reboot was that Independence Day: Resurgence writers, Nicolas Wright and James A. Woods, were writing it. What their script was about we don’t know, but a decade ago, Devlin told IGN the sequel they first imagined in 1994 was going to take place 12 years later and follow the same group of characters. Both Devlin and Emmerich have always expressed interest in a Stargate trilogy, but it looks like they’ll have to wait a while longer to try to make it happen again.

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