Back in the mid-1990s, Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin knocked it out of the park with a pair of back-to-back science-fiction film spectacles: Stargate and Independence Day. In the past few years, the duo announced and released a sequel for the latter and a reboot for the former. While Independence Day: Resurgence was released this summer, it looks like that Stargate reboot has stalled.
In an interview with Empire, producer/writer Dean Devlin revealed the status of the proposed Stargate reboot. In it he said that the entire project has come undone:
“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. It’s one of the reasons I prefer to work independently. 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.”
You do have to wonder if the poor box office performance of Independence Day: Resurgence is what really affected a Stargate reboot, which in turn gave investors cold feet. The original film spawned several television series which neither Devlin nor Emmerich were involved with, and have been trying to get a sequel made to the original film for a while now, which would ignore the TV series. It’s also hard to know what Stargate fans want, since many of them were fans of the TV series and may want a continuation rather than a reboot. Devlin continued:
“You’d have several studios involved and a lot of voices and, you know, you may make something great, but you also may have something that doesn’t resemble what you wanted to do. That kind of ‘collaboration’ is a terrifying aspect of the whole thing.”
I think collaboration gets a bad rap sometimes. There is always the possibility that a few people working together can ruin a film, but I don’t see it as being any more common as one person making something terrible. Likewise, having a film end up as something the original creator didn’t intend isn’t necessarily a bad thing either as collaboration can elevate material and turn it into something better. Not everything needs to be reboot and Stargate has had a good run so I’m not personally too invested in the reboot.