Stargate, as we remember it, will never be the same. That is due to last month’s announcement that the cult sci-fi classic film and television series will return to the big screen as a reboot. Director Roland Emmerich, who directed the box office smash hit Independence Day, and producer Dean Devlin, of the famed series Leverage, have something big in store.
Their intentions for the Stargate franchise they created in the 90’s is to redo everything with a trilogy slated for the movie theaters. Instead of using the story from the original films and and television shows, both Emmerich and Devlin want to use their initial ideas. The version we will get to see will be what they sought out to make over 20 years ago.
As reported by the Hollywood Reporter, two writers, Nicholas Wright and James A. Woods, have been tabbed to write the script. Fans of the movie and its spin-off shows should be excited about the return of the “wormhole.”
Success for the Stargate reboot has the potential to be huge. Upon its original release in 1994, the then-independent film opened at the box office with rave reviews. It was those reviews which spawned the hit show Stargate SG-1. With the advancements in cinema regarding 3-D graphics and CGI effects, the reboot promises to be better than ever.
How successful was Stargate SG-1? Well, the 10 seasons that it was on the tube should explain everything. We were introduced to a new set of characters, who became a staple in sci-fi lore. Showtime and Syfy aired five seasons each of the series.
Then came Stargate Atlantis, which held a five-year run on the SciFi Channel.
Stargate Universe was a mild success at best. The third and final spin-off from the movie premiered in 2009, but was abruptly cancelled in 2011.
With the news that a reboot is in the works, it is easy to be curious about which characters, if any, from the television shows will appear in the planned trilogy or not. According to a Yahoo Movies report, that is unlikely to be the case, considering the fact that Roland Emmerich did not have much input on either of the television series.
That means fans who followed the exploits of Major Samantha Carter and Colonel Jack O’Neil might be slightly disappointed, although nothing is set in stone.
Needless to say, Stargate will return to the big screens whetting the appetite of hardcore viewers, while attracting a new crop of movie-goers.