Roland Emmerich To Direct New STARGATE Film With 2 More To Follow

Roland Emmerich To Direct New STARGATE Film With 2 More To Follow

Last September, director Roland Emmerich ("Independence Day") expressed interest in returning to Stargate (he directed the 1994 film) to reboot the franchise and now we have an official announcement confirming that a trilogy is in the works.

Warner Bros. and MGM have just issued an official press release (below) announcing a new Stargate feature film trilogy based on the 1994 film that was directed by Roland Emmerich and starred Kurt Russell ("Best of Times") and James Spader (Avengers: Age of Ultron). Emmerich is attached to direct the first of these three films, and his longtime partner, Dean Devlin, will produce - he wrote the original 1994 film. Last year, Emmerich had mentioned in interviews that he had approached MGM about rebooting the franchise and now he has. At that time he imagined starting from scratch, so don't expect Russell and Spader to be back.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures, together with Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, are partnering to launch a new feature film trilogy that reimagines the 1994 film Stargate. The announcement was made today by Gary Barber, MGM’s Chairman and CEO. Emmerich, who directed and co-wrote the original film with Devlin, is confirmed to direct and Devlin will produce.

Barber said, “We couldn’t be more excited to once again partner with Roland and Dean, the world-class creators of the originalStargate, to bring their reinvigorated vision of this wildly popular property to audiences of multiple generations.” He added, “Stargate is one of the biggest titles in MGM’s vast library, and we look forward to adding this great franchise to our slate.”

“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,” said Emmerich and Devlin.

MGM will be running production on Stargate, with Jonathan Glickman, President, Motion Picture Group overseeing the project on behalf of MGM and Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, overseeing for Warner Bros. Pictures. Worldwide distribution will be handled by Warner Bros. Pictures, with select international territories to be handled by MGM.

Glickman said, “For us at MGM, there was no version of us further developing the Stargate franchise without Roland and Dean at the creative helm. This is their baby, and we cannot wait to bring their reenergized universe to the legions of fans around the world.”

Silverman said, “Stargate created an expansive cinematic universe that has engaged fans for two decades.” He added, “Under the guidance of Roland and Dean, these new films will build upon the creativity and popularity of the first film, while delivering an original film-going experience for fans and those new to the franchise.”

The sci-fi film Stargate launched a worldwide phenomenon. At the time of its release, the film set the record for the highest-grossing opening weekend in October and went on to gross nearly $200 million worldwide at the box office.

Emmerich is currently shooting Stonewall, a drama about a young man’s political awakening amid the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York, which sparked a fight for equality and paved the way for the modern gay rights movement. He is also in pre-production on ID Forever Part I and Part II, back-to-back sequels to his hit film, Independence Day.

Devlin is currently in pre-production on Geostorm, his feature directorial debut, which he co-wrote with Paul Guyot and is producing for Warner Bros. with Skydance Pictures’ David Ellison and Dana Goldberg and his Electric Entertainment team of Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan.
A small group of US troups and an Egyptologist use an ancient device found in 1920's Egypt to transport themselves to a distant planet where humans resemble ancient Egyptians.

Actors: Kurt Russell, James Spader, Jaye Davidson & Viveca Lindfors * Director: Roland Emmerich
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masterhater - 5/29/2014, 4:39 PM
MrCBM56 - 5/29/2014, 4:40 PM
What about ID2?
Abary - 5/29/2014, 4:40 PM
Good director.... TERRIBLE movie idea. I actually thought of him as a good director to do one of the Star Wars spin-offs after Gareth Edward. Looks like that ain't happening.
Abary - 5/29/2014, 4:41 PM
Jcool - 5/29/2014, 4:45 PM
@MrCBM56 In the press release: "He is also in pre-production on ID Forever Part I and Part II, back-to-back sequels to his hit film, Independence Day."
AlexanderLykins - 5/29/2014, 4:49 PM
I liked Stargate. That is all.
VISIONaryNPa - 5/29/2014, 4:50 PM
grif - 5/29/2014, 4:51 PM
this is pathetic. did he run out of disaster movies to make? the show picked up where the movie left off and blew it out of the water. now the guy is rebooting his own shit? get bent you [frick]
soforizo - 5/29/2014, 4:55 PM
TV show was better than the movie by far.
captainireland - 5/29/2014, 4:56 PM
As a massive Stargate fan, I couldn't be less pleased about this. I want a conclusion to Atlantis and Universe. Let Emmerich worry about his Independence Day sequels and give the current Stargate continuity a proper conclusion before considering a reboot. Worst part is that MGM are sitting on scripts for at least two movies, Stargate: Extinction and Stargate: Revolution, based on Atlantis and SG-1 respectively, both of which I've been hoping to see for years. Sigh.
Starfox - 5/29/2014, 4:57 PM

Objectivelybiased - 5/29/2014, 5:00 PM
Besides Godzilla, I never had a problem with Emerich. He makes pop corn films ...but they aren't obnoxious or overly offensive popcorn films like Bay's Transformers. There is always someone likable or an underdog to root for (RANDY QUAID!) and cheesy corny over the top stuff. If you are in the mood for something fun, his films work.

That said, there is no reason that he needs to go back to his old content. ID4 wasn't Star Wars. It was an open and shut film about America's ability to triumph in the face of adversity. There is no more story to tell. Stargate MIGHT have had more story to tell but the series did that perfectly.

He is probably insecure because they are re-booting Godzilla.
Nick56 - 5/29/2014, 5:01 PM
How about ID Forever Parts 1 & 2? Rather see those than Stargate.
Facade - 5/29/2014, 5:10 PM
Late to the game but I liked the 1st one.
Dev - 5/29/2014, 5:10 PM
The same guy who gave us ID4, 2012, Godzilla and The Day After Tomorrow. No thanks.
Tuuralihn - 5/29/2014, 5:14 PM
Stonewall, ID2, ID3 and the. Stargate.. Which means I got 3 years to get my acting degree and get to the casting room for the new Stargate. On my way.
FightingCommander - 5/29/2014, 5:16 PM
Sequels to Independence Day? Aliens don't stand a chance against us now, anyway, what with our 4G iPad Airs.

SG-1 created more than a decade of mythology with the mostly unoriginal material from his movie (which was basically Contact with lasers), all kinds of more interesting alien races and characters that he's gotta be out of his mind if he thinks he'll top with two films in a different direction.
SuperCat - 5/29/2014, 5:16 PM
Thought the film was boring and never watched the series.
Ryguy88 - 5/29/2014, 5:19 PM
Emmerich is a terrible director! The only movie he made that I got any entertainment out of was The Patriot. Nothing he is involved in interests me because I know the type of movie he is going to make.
Brainiac13 - 5/29/2014, 5:23 PM
What Grif said.
Indy - 5/29/2014, 5:23 PM
another movie reboot um no thanks.
Ryguy88 - 5/29/2014, 5:28 PM
Why did foreign markets eat up that garbage 2012 movie? $600 million+? Are you serious?
pesmerga44 - 5/29/2014, 5:29 PM
Sorry sorry you are entitled to your opinion but sorry Roland Emmerich is at best a mediocre director to a terrible director. Godzilla, 10,000 BC, Day After Tomorrow, Anonymous, all terrible movies. Independence Day and Patriot are fun for stupid movie romp but neither is really a good movie basically a German Michael Bay but doesn't have a movie that reaches The Rock. Even the original Stargate wasn't all that great the show was better then the original movie. It makes sense he would come back to direct the sequels but really I don't get giddy over him he is kind of like getting giddy over Uwe Boll or Tommy Wiseau bad directors because how bad their movies are.
GoldSlayer1 - 5/29/2014, 5:31 PM
As a fan of the shows Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, and to some extent Universe, I am disappointed that this is getting a reboot...

I saw the 1994 movie and the shows were IMO by far better than the movies.
Stargate Atlantis is a big reason why im a Jason Momoa fan.

I remember binge watching like 10 episodes a day during the summers.
and recently have considered re-watching SG-1 and Stargate again.
(SG-1 and Atlantis combine for over 300 episodes of 42-45 minute episodes)

As for Universe, it was pretty disappointing. BS love stories, most of the episodes took place in the same place, didn't have a sense of direction, and it wasn't as good as the 2 previous series.

I personally think Atlantis could have gotten atleast 2 more seasons.
The way Atlantis ended seemed like a cliff hanger to me.

Had they continued with atlantis rather than making Universe, we could still be having Stargate on TV right now.
InfiniteMonkey - 5/29/2014, 5:34 PM
I'm with grif.

They could at least write something original with all the writers and millions of dollars at their disposal.

I'd rather the TV series.
OniGoji - 5/29/2014, 5:34 PM
Eh, definitely not on board, too many so-so films and a monstrous mistake to give him a real chance again. He could surprise us, but I'm not expecting anything fruitful.
Lemons - 5/29/2014, 5:34 PM
[frick] YEAH! A Stargate movie!
SuperCat - 5/29/2014, 5:36 PM
Lol!! @ Nukem
pesmerga44 - 5/29/2014, 5:40 PM

What is Emmerich's great film his best film is probably Independence Day but even that is really nothing more then a guilty pleasure to most people. It really isn't a good movie objectively you may love it but it really isn't a good movie.
Spock - 5/29/2014, 5:43 PM
I don't know how he is going to reboot this. There is already enough mythos. Why do we need a reboot for this,it's not that old.
ParisSun - 5/29/2014, 5:46 PM
Stargate was a really good movie with so much potential going forward. While I liked the tv shows, they never lived up to the potential of the movies. The tv shows were nothing but a watered down McGyver love fest. I actually enjoyed the show once McGyver was gone and the Farscape cast took over.
Effusion - 5/29/2014, 5:47 PM
That movie sucked balls
beane2099 - 5/29/2014, 5:59 PM
Sure, when all else fails cower behind the two movies that made you famous. I can't take away the fact the man directs some beautiful visuals but the stories are vapor. Anonymous would be an exception to that. But like Michael Bay his movies still make money. 2012 made $769 million so, like Michael Bay, his career is far from over.
pesmerga44 - 5/29/2014, 6:01 PM

Okay I said Patriot is a fun dumb movie to catch on a Sunday afternoon. That is how I feel about Emmerich at best he does fun dumb movies but they have no substance and I feel he is like a German Michael Bay like I should be hearing "America [frick] Ya" the entire time I watch Independence Day or Patriot. For all the shit I give Michael Bay and he is a bad director he does have one legitimate good movie in The Rock which I did find to be a good movie the rest of his stuff is like Roland's at best fun dumb movies with no substance Bad Boys, Transformers, Armageddon.
fanDomX - 5/29/2014, 6:05 PM
good movie idea not so great director. someone above mentioned Emmerich for the Star Wars spin off and i say, are you kidding???? NO WAY!!! Roland has some fun movies but also some very bad ones.
BlindJustice - 5/29/2014, 6:15 PM
The 2nd movie my wife and I went to when we began dating. It was after that movie that I realized I'd found the right girl haha. She was a sci-fi geek just like me!
ManWithNoName - 5/29/2014, 6:17 PM
He's making two independence day sequels
so how long are waiting for this?
fortycals - 5/29/2014, 6:17 PM
Movie was OK, but I was a big fan of the show. The show opened that mythos so much. I'm still mad sgu got canceled. I loved that show,and how it moved to a more serialized style.
BlindJustice - 5/29/2014, 6:18 PM
@antoineflemming - True, but in the original movie's defense it only had 2+ hours to tell it in...and the general audience didn't know how expansive it's story was. That's the good thing about TV shows... We as fans get to find out more of the story and it's contained universe, plus the creators get to explore more.
RetroFit - 5/29/2014, 6:30 PM
I hate Stargate for one reason. It's had 3 different series covering about 20 years of total seasons and now it will have 4 movies. Yet FIREFLY gets cancelled after 10 episodes and fans have to stage a mutiny just to see the story wrapped up in a movie. Firefly forever, Stargate never!
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