When it comes to being a sci-fi nerd, you are either really, really into Stargate or you simply passed on it and never got why there was so much damned Stargate in the world, while stuff like Babylon 5 faded off into obscurity. Seriously, Stargate had a pretty great run if you think about it; three films, three live-action television series, and even an animated series. That’s not even counting the video games produced for it. For a franchise that wasn’t Star Wars or Star Trek, you gotta admit that Stargate did pretty damned well for itself. So why not remake it, right?
Talk about a remake of the original Stargate film as well as two follow-up films has been circulating since 2014 or so now. But if you are like me and never got the whole Stargate thing, the question in the back of your mind is probably this; why? Why does Stargate need to be remade when there is so much great sci-fi to explore in the world right now? Variety spoke with series co-creator Dean Devlin and he gave some insight as to why they wish to pick up the pieces over twenty years later and start all over again.
Devlin talks about the original plans for a Stargate trilogy, with the original Stargate film only being part one, with the other two parts never happening. Sure, there were two other films, but they were linked with Stargate SG-1, not the original Stargate film.
“It’s not a story that can take place 20 years later. So the only way to really tell that trilogy is to go back from the beginning and start the story all over again,” Devlin says.
With the help of MGM and Warner Bros. it is looking like the team of Devlin and Roland Emmerich will get to tell the story that they wanted to tell in the first place and once again show that science fiction can be really cool and popular. Let’s hope that this time around Stargate gets more traction outside of just with hardcore sci-fi fans, right? This does seem like a great time to relaunch a science fiction series, though.