'Stargate' Reboot Will Be a Trilogy Reveals Roland Emmerich

A writer and new stars are being sought for this sci-fi epic, which will bring the director's original vision to the screen.
Roland Emmerich plans Stargate reboot as a trilogy
Roland Emmerich plans Stargate reboot as a trilogy
Stargate was a moderate hit for MGM back in 1994, bringing in $196 million at the worldwide box office. It never got a sequel, instead spawning a number of syndicated television spin-offs. That wasn't the original plan, though, as director and co-writer of the movie explains in a new interview.

Roland Emmerich claims he always had a trilogy in mind for the sci-fi epic, but that never came to fruition. While he is planning direct sequels to his other sci-fi hit Independence Day, he thinks its impossible to do the same with Stargate, as the original story's continuation needs to be immediate and the actors are far too old to return now.

Instead, the director is planning a whole new reboot that will consist of three film's bringing his original trilogy plans to the screen for the first time. This is what Roland Emmerich told Digital Spy about his plans to keep working in the Stargate universe.

"I originally wanted to make it a trilogy. Now, after all this time, I couldn't do a trilogy anymore. Because the actors look totally different. That would not work. We are talking...We went to MGM, who has the rights, and we proposed to do a sequel, but as a reboot. We want to reboot it as a movie, and then do three parts. And that's what we're doing right now. Pretty soon, we are going to have to look for a writer and star."


Its not clear if Roland Emmerich will be involved in the actual writing process, or if his original ideas will simply serve as a springboard. It's also not known at this time if he will return to direct, or if he will only serve as a producer on the project.

The original Stargate starred Kurt Russell and James Spader, with the story revolving around an interstellar teleportation device found in Egypt that leads to a planet with humans resembling ancient Egyptians who worship the god Ra. It was followed by the TV series Stargate SG-1 in 1997, Stargate: Infinity in 2002, Stargate: Atlantis in 2004 and finally Stargate Universe in 2009. Its not expected that cast members from any of these series will return, as this is a complete reboot.

Stargate was released October 28th, 1994 and stars Kurt Russell, James Spader, Alexis Cruz, Viveca Lindfors, Mili Avital, John Diehl, Leon Rippy, Carlos Lauchu. The film is directed by Roland Emmerich.



Sources: Digital Spy

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  1. skywise

    @tomp1210 he is definitely a memorable villain to be sure.

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

  2. Joan Morci

    I think better idea what you plan Emmerich. I always liked the film more than the TV series, but I always thought that the film could have been better.
    Already exists since 1999 a European video game is based on 'Stargate' film. This game is called 'Outcast', was made by a Belgian study and distributed by Infogrames / Atari. You can play it from GOG.com
    You have to play 'Outcast' to know everything that a game of 'Stargate' should have.

    1 year agoby @Joan-MorciFlag

  3. SpideR-OnE

    the show had a few interesting things they can use to do next movie there was solar flares to travel time, other dimension, If I remember correctly but do rough reboot od this epic movie ?! PLEASE HOLLYWOOD STOP !!!
    there is to many ways to hook on classic hit movie. Stargate, SG-1 have Children Of The Gods ep, The Ark Of Truth, Continuum, Atlantis had a Rising 2part episode,there is missing movie at the end of the Atlantis series and maby SGU deserves to be an interesting final.

    1 year agoby @spider-oneFlag

  4. Tomp1210

    @skywise yeh fair enough man, too early for me atm lol. I think it ties into Ra, if you didn't like him as a villain then the weight of the slavery and storyline etc won't have a full impact, but I find that difficult, he's one of the top movie villains for me, like a more inhuman Loki.

    1 year agoby @tomp1210Flag

  5. skywise

    @tomp1210 that comment below was meant for you....oooops. Its late and IM tired. That's my story and Im sticking to it.

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

  6. skywise

    @skywise Many people I know and trust with movie opinions tell me the same thing. I know I am the odd man out here. for some reason it just was not all that exciting to me. Although I adored the premise, I felt like there was something missing and I have never quite been able to nail it down.

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

  7. Matthew Drummey

    OH HELL NO - Leave STARGATE alone. There is absolutely no need for a reboot. I would argue his words that the original cast are too old to reprise their roles and even if they couldn't full-time there is no reason the movies couldn't be "STARGATE: NEXT GENERATION" type deal and feature cameos by the original cast.

    1 year agoby @Matthew-DrummeyFlag

  8. Tomp1210

    @writer220 Yeh, too Battlestar-style to be original IMO (SGU)

    1 year agoby @tomp1210Flag

  9. Tomp1210

    @emmyhasagun Yeh but reboot? Hope it's not Abidos again, prefer a slightly different angle than original movie, maybe they could merge the asgard with the ancients in a way as the gate-makers and somewhat 'police' for gate travel - but won't get in the way of more advanced civilizations fighting with each other maybe (maybe that's why Earth was left kinda barren - like they forced the system lords off the planet?) that'd be my idea of a cool reinvention.

    1 year agoby @tomp1210Flag

  10. Tomp1210

    @skywise I can't understand why anyone wouldn't like the movie, it was such an awesome all-round flick

    1 year agoby @tomp1210Flag

  11. skywise

    I might be one of the only people who did not like the film. LOVED the tv show however. I am crossing my fingers for this trilogy to pan out.....its about time.

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

  12. Anguslovesducks

    I'll watch it

    1 year agoby @AnguslovesducksFlag

  13. T. King (Red Camera Man)

    I'm getting SO sick and tired of reboots. :-(

    1 year agoby @redcameramanFlag

  14. Nicholas Erik Johansson

    I guess Hijo325 never actually saw the film....

    I for one am intrigued, big fan of the franchise, hope the reboot will be good.

    1 year agoby @Nicholas-Erik-JohanssonFlag

  15. Emmy has a Gun

    If he's thinking of doing the original trilogy he had planned than I am so game for this.

    1 year agoby @emmyhasagunFlag

  16. Gandoff

    Just a prime example of stupidity. Wait way to long to add to what was made. And decide to reboot just so you can make what you "said" you wanted to do long ago. Fact is, the story was continued... Stargate SG1, and Stargate Atlantis.

    1 year agoby @gandoffFlag

  17. Tomp1210

    Stargate is one of my favourite movies, and the series was awesome, if they're gonna do it, they should model on the first movie. Maybe system lords? Ra is one of the greatest movie villains so I hope they can recreate that same level.

    1 year agoby @tomp1210Flag

  18. Writer220

    I loved the film and became a fan of the TV series, I would love to be in this reboot if it happens but MGM stopped the last TV series for good measure. It wasn't good enough, ratings were low, and the story lines were dry, over all one one or two actors really showcased their talents. STU is considered a Failure.

    1 year agoby @writer220Flag

  19. Kaagan

    i'd be interested in a reboot if we can FINALLY see what the FUrlings look like! lol

    1 year agoby @kaaganFlag

  20. Christian Lefebvre Morris

    Reboot in alternate universe totaly different story... that could work but you cant remake it and change everything atleast has a reboot in alternate it would make more sense like the new star trek series and thats great !

    1 year agoby @Christian-Lefebvre-MorrisFlag

  21. CelluloidDreams

    A little late!!!

    1 year agoby @2movieguysFlag

  22. AgentBlue

    Just make a new TV series thats what everyone wants!!!!!!

    1 year agoby @agentblueFlag

  23. OhhmeohhMy

    Stargate was okay. Reboots are fine. But they got to do a roboot rift and better If the original tanked. But if this happens. Hope it will turn out good. We will see. As long as production goes tru and not fall apart.

    1 year agoby @OhhmeohhMyFlag

  24. Newtron

    I can't say I wouldn't be intrigued by a reboot, but the original is such a classic, and part of me wonders whether it should be touched at all. BUT, if done right, a reboot could bring everything up-to-date, now that technology has caught up with the ambition.

    1 year agoby @newtronFlag

  25. Hijo325

    the original movie sucked ass!! Why bother!!! Alien worlds and they all look human, wow!!! what an imagination!!! havent you made enough bad movies already?

    1 year agoby @hijo325Flag

  26. jasdjqs

    Good, i am looking forward to this !!!!!!!!!!!

    1 year agoby @jasdjqsFlag