I have a confession to make: I didn’t watch Stargate until around 16 hours ago. Maybe if I’d spent less of my childhood summers watching Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and Clue on VHS, rewinding them, and watching them again right away, I wouldn’t have missed out on James Spader The Adorable Floppy-Haired Scientist And His Adventures In Outer-Space Egypt (Featuring Holy Crap Is That Djimon Hounsou?). Alas, I was behind the times on that one. But I have watched it now! And just in time for director Roland Emmerich to announce his plans to it as a movie trilogy.
Granted, Emmerich has also been trucking away at a two-part Independence Day sequel for a few years. It looks like he’s been browsing through his filmography, picking out the good stuff, and saying “Hey, that was pretty cool! What the heck, I’ll do that again.” I’m not 100% confident we’ll actually ever see the rebooted Stargate trilogy, is what I’m saying. But let’s hear from Emmerich all the same:
“We went to MGM, who has the rights, and proposed to them to do a sequel, but as a reboot… and reboot it as a movie and then do three parts. Pretty soon we’ll have to look for a writer and start.”
As for whether original Col. O’Neill (Kurt Russell) and Daniel Jackson (Spader) might return for the reboot, Emmerich had this to say:
“The actors look totally different… it would not work.”
Eh, that’s fine. James Spader is on to bigger and better things than a Stargate reboot, anyway.
What do you think? In the original Stargate our heroes only journeyed to one world, but the whole bopping-around-to-different-places thing was pretty well covered by multiple TV series. What would a three-part Stargate reboot even be?