Roland Emmerich Digging Up The Corpse of "Stargate"

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Roland Emmerich Digging Up The Corpse of "Stargate"

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trade News | September 11, 2013 | Comments ()


Once upon a time Roland Emmerich made the film “Stargate”, and it was the best thing he ever did. Let’s be clear, the movie was not good by definition of that word, but it was satisfyingly fun and creative in the same way that a seven year old mashing random toys from different genres together is fun and creative. The movie itself is relatively forgettable, though it has its own condo in the pantheon of so-bad-they’re-good B-movies.

But it did inexplicably generate three spin off television series that made sure Richard Dean Anderson could retire in style instead of waiting for MacGyver royalties to kick in. And those series ran for a staggering 350 episodes, taking all awards for the combination of longevity and cheesy but fun science fiction television.

Of course Emmerich originally had wanted to make a trilogy and disavows all of the television series as not being part of his original sacred canon. But now that MGM is trying to claw its way back out of whatever the legal term is for catastrophic business collapse due to complete incompetence, they’ve decided to back Emmerich in making his trilogy at last.

But he has to start from the beginning, because it’s been too long, and “the actors look totally different … it would not work.”

Says the Emmerich about the project:

“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. Pretty soon we’ll have to look for a writer and start.”

Wait. He needs to find a writer? A decade and a half of moaning that he didn’t get to fulfill his B-movie vision, and that hundreds of television episodes could not capture the grandeur of his mighty story, and he can’t even write the damned thing himself?

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  • Semilitterate

    I always kind of thought that "Contact" was a sort of "Stargate" reboot with a little time warp thrown in for chuckles. But that preacher character really wierded me out. And, oh yeah, then there was Jodie Foster

  • gnibs

    That makes very little sense.

  • e jerry powell

    I'm thinking that Emmerich can put Raja in the Jaye Davidson spot. Of course, Sutan is actually half-Indonesian, where Jaye Davidson is half-Ghanian, but hell, Ra was Egyptian, and I doubt Americans care that much about such distinctions.

    And think of the money the production company can save when double-duty Sutan can handle all the makeup chores as well!

  • Green Lantern

    I've tried watching Stargate (the movie) and have fallen asleep within 30 minutes all three times. Guess it's just not for me.

  • Sinistro

    YES!!! I have finally found your weakness! I will strap you to a chair and make you watch "Stargate" on a yellow projection screen! Victory shall be mine!!! Mua-ha-ha-ha!!!

  • Green Lantern

    Great. Me and my big mouth.

  • bleujayone

    Unless you suffer from insomnia, in which case given the results it sounds like a godsend.

  • BWeaves

    "But he has to start from the beginning, because it’s been too long, and “the actors look totally different … it would not work.”

    You mean there's nobody in Hollywood who looks like James Spader / John Denver / Janice the Muppet?

    Anyway, I think it's been long enough that a reboot would work, if they could improve the movie.

  • ed newman

    Muppet Stargate trilogy? Sign me up!!!!

  • BWeaves

    It could be a sort of Pigs In Space / Doctor Who sort of experience, but with Muppets. I'm writing the script in my head as I type. Hey Emmerich! Call me. I have your script and a cast that will never age or look different.

  • magicman81

    In this ONE case I would prefer a reboot. Go with me on this one. If it's a reboot it's fresh start and the current Stargate universe (not the series) is completely in tact. If it's a pair of new movies it will likely invalidate the entirety of the three, likely superior, tv series. NERD RANT OVER

  • Samantha Klein

    I love this movie so much. Even though it was a serious departure against type for James Spader, I fell madly in love with him in Stargate, and have never really recovered.

  • Maguita NYC

    Everything else is being rebooted, why not Stargate? I liked that movie enough to have seen it more than once, and would love to see how the story could be retold with different writers.

  • e jerry powell

    Dream cast?

  • Maguita NYC

    I can dream-cast cast only if I've read the book beforehand... So no one... You, any ideas for a dream cast for the reboot?

  • e jerry powell

    All I know is that Raja needs to be Ra.

  • I still unapologetically love that movie.

    True story: I once (briefly) dated a woman who was in her early 30s and still hadn't completed her bachelor's degree, despite having graduated from high school at 16. She was currently majoring in film or something--she was pretty vague about it. Then it turned out she didn't really like watching movies. Or most TV. Really, she only watched one of the Stargate spinoffs and nothing else. But she really, really, really loved it.

    I seem to have developed some mental block against watching the TV series after that.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Stargate Universe was fantastic and I will stand by that belief to my dying days. how the hell they got Robert Carlyle still baffles me, but he contributed to some great science fiction. R.I.P. SGU, you are missed.

  • MikeRoorda

    I LOVED that show. My wife and I binge watched the entire series in under a week.

  • lowercase_ryan

    it was SO GOOD!

  • lowercase_ryan

    And I realize I misspelled his name.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Yes, SGU was fantastic, and no, you didn't spell his name wrong.

  • DataAngel

    How about they just bring back Stargate Atlantis and call it done.

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