Stargate is one of the great pillars of cult sci-fi glory. The original 1994 film spawned a wealth of TV shows and other media similarly to the original Star Trek series. Recently, there was an attempt to reboot the series with a brand new film. Yet, unlike Star Trek‘s success, Dean Devlin, a key part of the Stargate reboot, has confirmed the project is dead. Speaking to Empire, this is what Devlin had to say:
“It looked good for a couple of months, but now it’s not looking so good. There are just a lot of things that have to fire at the same time, and there was a moment where I thought it was all firing at the same time, and then it all kind of fell apart.”
Independence Day: Resurgence‘s Roland Emmerich and Devlin planned to restart the franchise with a trilogy. The Independence Day sequel’s poor return at the box office could have something to do with the cancellation. The proposed new Stargate had Independence Day: Resurgence writers, James A. Woods and Nicolas Wright, on board to pen the script. They were going to be putting to work an idea that Emmerich and Devlin had back in 1994 when the original hit screens.
Interestingly, Devlin went on to say:
“Listen, I think if we did Stargate right, the fans would like it and we could do something really good. But if we screw it up, they’ll reject it. As they should. But I kind of don’t want to do it if I think that we’ll screw it up, and that’s one of the things that’s holding us back.”
Stargate is a fantastic concept, a new film or TV series would be a treat to us cult sci-fi fans. Yet, as Devlin says, the production has to be solid. If that means waiting ten years more, we’ll just have to sit tight.