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Friday, 18 November 2016

The Stargate Reboot Is Dead

A Stargate reboot has been in the cards since 2013. It was then that word broke Roland Emmerich, director of the 1994 original starring Kurt Russell and James Spader, was attached to helm a remake of the 90's sci-fi hit. Well, according to producer Dean Devlin, it sounds as though that project is no longer moving forward - and honestly, we're quite fine with that.

“It looked good for a couple of months, but now it’s not looking so good,” said Devlin. “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.”

The producer would then go on to discuss the harsh realities of making a blockbuster movie in today's Hollywood climate.

It’s one of the reasons I prefer to work independently,” Devlin remarks. “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. 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.”

Plans had been put in place for a rebooted Stargate trilogy with James A. Woods and Nicolas Wright, the writers behind Independence Day: Resurgence, signing on to provide a screenplay. 
Dean Devlin was also attached to produce the reboot. 

When originally released in 1994, Stargate would gross $200-Million worldwide before spawning three live-action television spin-offs, one animated series and two direct-to-DVD feature films.

Source: Empire
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