According to The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday, MGM and Warner Brother's will be launching a "Stargate" trilogy based off the original 1994 film which starred Kurt Russell and NBC's "The Black List" James Spader. Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin originally co-wrote and directed the original movie and both will be returning for the trilogy.
Greg Silverman, president of creative development and worldwide production, will be supervising for Warner Brothers while the president of the motion picture group, Jonathan Glickman, will be leading off for MGM. Distribution of the film will be handled by Warner Brothers while MGM will be in charge of select international locations.
The original film was a box office smash having raked in $200 million globally and set the record for the highest grossing opening movie in October. The franchise launched into a hit television series about three years later and was created by Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner. The show had originally debuted on Showtime and later moved on to the SyFy channel. It even spawned off spin-off shows such as "Stargate: Atlantis" and "Stargate: Universe. The original show starred "MacGyver's" Richard Dean Anderson.
MGM's Chairperson and CEO Gary Barber made the announcement of the reboot and is indeed excited for its return.
"We couldn't be more excited to once again partner with Roland and Dean, the world-class creators of the original ‘Stargate,’ to bring their reinvigorated vision of this wildly popular property to audiences of multiple generations. Stargate’ is one of the biggest titles in MGM’s vast library, and we look forward to adding this great franchise to our slate."
Glickman recognized that this specific franchise is Emmerich and Devlin's "baby" and with that being said, such a reboot by the original duo would indeed bring back the re-energized universe to the sizable fan-base yet again. The "Stargate" universe held sci-fi fans engaged with the show for around two decades and according to Silverman the trilogy will be based upon the "creativity and popularity of the first film." Fans will get a feel of the original film that will take their nostalgic experience of the original movie forward.
Emmerich is now in pre-production with sci-fi films "ID Forever" which are sequels to the original "Independence Day" movie which had starred Will Smith. Devlin is in pre-production for the movie "Geostorm" starring Gerard Bulter and scheduled to be released on March 26, 2016.