A few years ago, Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, writers of the original 1994 sci-fi hit Stargate revealed they would be partnering to return Stargate to the silver screen once the long in development Independence Day: Resurgence was out of the way. After seeing the result of the sequel to Independence Day, it comes as no great surprise that the reboot of Stargate has found its way into development hell.
Rumors pointed to a partnership between Warner Bros. and MGM to realize a new trilogy with Emmerich and Devlin on board. But in an interview with Empire, Devlin has revealed that the breaks have been pumped on the project:
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.
Devlin cited the current studio system in Hollywood is to blame:
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.
While Stargate is one of the few reboots I would actually like to see, canceling the project might be for the best. Given the amount of drama going on over at Warner Bros. thanks to the committee in charge of making creative decisions, along with Emmerich’s track record since the dawn of the new millennium, the prospect of the two joining forces sounds like it would be a recipe for disaster. That is if the rumors of Warner Bros. involvement were actually true. The original Stargate was produced independently, free of a major studio’s involvement which allowed the production much more freedom as well as the time to craft the project with the care necessary to deliver something worthwhile. Producing a remake of the film independently in today’s industry would prove much more challenging, however. Hope is not lost yet.
Over the last few year’s we have seen Netflix become a major competitor for the movie studios. The streaming giant was even able to steal this past summer’s lackluster movie season away from the studios with their incredible original programming. Netflix is known to greenlight projects other studios have passed on before and a project like this seems perfect for Netflix, who at this point in time are the only ones out there willing to give filmmakers a chance and provide the necessary conditions for their visions to come to fruition.