'Stargate': Emmerich to Direct Reboot of 1994 Sci-Fi Film

Friday, 30 May 2014 05:41 PM

By Ken Mandel

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"Stargate," the 1994 sci-fi classic, is returning to the big screen.

The creative team of co-writer/director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin are partnering with MGM and Warner Bros. to launch a new feature film trilogy based on the original film, which starred James Spader and Kurt Russell.

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"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," MGM chairman/CEO Gary Barber said Thursday in a statement, The Wrap reported. "'Stargate' is one of the biggest titles in MGM's vast library, and we look forward to adding this great franchise to our slate."

In a joint statement, Emmerich and Devlin added: "The 'Stargate' universe is one that we missed terribly, and we cannot wait to get going on imagining new adventures and situations for the trilogy. This story is very close to our hearts, and getting the chance to revisit this world is in many ways like a long lost child that has found its way back home."

"Stargate" focuses on a device found in Egypt that allows humans to teleport across the universe.

When the original was released, it set a record for the highest-grossing opening October weekend and ultimately grossed nearly $200 million worldwide. It spawned three television spinoffs: "Stargate SG-1" (1997), starring Richard Dean Anderson and Amanda Tapping; "Stargate Atlantis" (2004), starring Joe Flanigan and Torri Higginson, and "Stargate Universe" (2009), starring Robert Carlyle and Ming-Na Wen.

Two direct-to-DVD movies, "Stargate: The Ark of Truth" and "Stargate: Continuum," were also both released in 2008.

Other than the initial announcement, no specifics were known as to Emmerich's plans, or whether Spader or Russell will reprise their roles. Emmerich is working on two sequels to his 1996 blockbuster "Independence Day."

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