Back in May, on Slice of SciFi Show #057 we talked about the possiblity of a new Stargate Movie. Now the original movie’s co-writer and producer Dean Devlin (The Triangle & Independance Day) told SciFi Wire that he has struck a production deal with MGM and will be developing a two picture sequel to the original film with the hopes of getting both Kurt Russell and James Spader to go back through the Stargate to reprise their roles as Jack O’Neil and Daniel Jackson. Devlin says that Russell and Spader have expressed interest in revisiting the project.
Dean claims he’d like to pick up the story from where the original 1994 film left off without any reference to the established mythos and canon set down by the highly successful television spinoff. “We would just continue the mythology of the movie and finish that out. I think the series could still live at the end of the third sequel. So we’re going to try to not tread on their stories,” added Devlin. Russell and Spader have “always said they wanted to do it. The irony is actually because it was 12 years ago that we made Stargate,…. part two was actually supposed to take place about 12 years later. We were just going to kind of age them up as actors. So it actually works out really nicely.”
“When we created the original Stargate, we always envisioned it as a trilogy, and, unfortunately, the way in which the movie got made, we didn’t really have control over [the future of it],” Devlin said. “We didn’t have the ability to do two and three. MGM had then made a big commitment to doing the [TV] series, and they were worried that the movie could interfere with the series. Well, now that the series has run so successfully for so long (10 years) and spawned a second series, and there’s a whole new regime at MGM, they’re not really worried about, the series is running great on its own. And they think there is an audience out there who would like to see what parts two and parts three were intended to be. Because there was a larger story arc that we had in mind, and we never got to explore it so I think it will be very exciting to actually get to go do parts two and three.”
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