The upcoming reboot of ‘Stargate‘ into a cinematic trilogy has found its writers! With Roland Emmerich wanting to revisit the franchise in an entirely new take, he needs some talent to put it together. It isn’t actually the 1994 film that Emmerich was responsible for that they have to compete with, but the ‘Stargate SG-1’ television series. The show ran from 1997-2007 and earned a huge cult following in its ten year run.
So who are Emmerich’s secret weapons on developing a brand new universe connected by Stargates? Currently Nicolas Wright and James A. Woods are in final negotiations to write the new adaptation. Unfamiliar with their work? You have every reason to be! While they both have a slew of acting credits to their names, the upcoming ‘Independence Day 2‘ will be the first feature length film that the two have written.
Clearly Emmerich liked what the two wrote for him on that film to be bringing them back to work with him again. This is a big step in moving forward for the MGM and Warner Brothers backed film. I’m curious on how they will keep the legacy that has been built from the first film and television series while creating their new take on the film. I hope to see echos of the grand style from the original movie mixed with the mythos that was developed throughout the series.
What is funny is that while speaking about the sequel to ‘Independence Day,’ producer Dean Devlin had this to say:
“Roland is back to direct. He developed a new script with a couple young writers and the new script is fantastic. We’re very excited about shooting.”
While we don’t know much about the movie, Emmerich has previously said::
“Of all the projects I’ve ever done, ‘Stargate’ is the only one from the beginning intended to be a trilogy. We always wanted to do parts two and three, but the thinking was they didn’t want to do anything other than the TV series. So literally for 20 years I’ve been chasing this project. Twenty years later, we can’t really do part two. We have to start over from the beginning. So let’s reboot the series, put in all the things we couldn’t the first time, and set it up properly.”
This is clearly a passion project for Emmeric. Usually I am strongly against reboots but this is one of those rare scenarios that I think might just work out for us.
Are you excited to hear that ‘Stargate’ is moving forward and are glad to see any new iteration of the theme or should they have just found a way to continue the television series? Share your thoughts below!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter