Roland Emmerich is Planning to Reboot Stargate as a New Trilogy

James Spader and Kurt Russell in Stargate (1994) Movie Image

This is usually where I bitch about filmmakers planning trilogies when they should just be concentrating on making that first movie awesome, but I’m frankly tired of it, and I’m sure you’re tired of hearing it, too, so I’ll just do this one more time and never, ever do it again.

Really? A trilogy? Geez, just try making that first movie awesome first, guys! Damn!

Okay, now that that’s out there, moving on…

Stargate (1994) Movie PosterRoland Emmerich, while out promoting his big-budget action flop “White House Down” in the UK, revealed to Digital Spy that he has plans for not one, not two, but three new “Stargate” movies. And yes, he’s using the dreaded “reboot” word.

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.

Emmerich, as you’ll recall, is already working on two Will Smith-less sequels to “Independence Day”. Of course, that was before Will Smith’s “After Earth” bombed, and Emmerich’s “White House Down” bombed. When smart actors/directors need a hit bad, they always go back to what worked — and an “Independence Day” with Will Smith would definitely work.

But in any case, what do you kids think of a new “Stargate” trilogy? I’m a big fan of the original TV show myself, and the first spin-off, “Atlantis,” has its charms. I could have used or lose “Stargate Universe”, or as I like to call it, “Battlestar Galactica With Wormholes”.

The original 1994 movie starred Kurt Russell and James Spader as humans who travel to a distant planet using an ancient alien ring, the stargate of the title, only to encounter evil aliens that, it’s revealed, were the old Egyptian Gods of legend. If nothing else, I learned more about pseudo Egyptian facts from the shows/movie than I ever did in college, so there’s that.