Roland Emmerich to Direct New Cinematic Stargate Reboot
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 05.29.2014
The first in a planned trilogy…
MGM Pictures and Warner Bros. announced today in an official press release that Rolan Emmerich is returning to the well not just for an Independence Day sequel, but he's now set to launch a new trilogy reboot based on his 1994 movie Stargae. The announcement was made today by Gary Barger, MGM's Chairman and CEO.
Emmerich directed and co-wrote the original film with Dean Devlin, who is returning to produce the new trilogy. Emmerich will direct the first film. The first film grossed almost $200 million at the worldwide box office. The franchise latere spawned a live-action TV series spin-off, an animated series, and two direct-to-DVD features.
Barber said on the announcement: "We couldn't be more excited to once again partner with Roland and Dean, the world-class creators of the original 'Stargate,' to bring their reinvigorated vision of this wildly popular property to audiences of multiple generations." He added, "'Stargate' is one of the biggest titles in MGM's vast library, and we look forward to adding this great franchise to our slate."
Emmerich and Devlin added: "The 'Stargate' universe is one that we missed terribly, and we cannot wait to get going on imagining new adventures and situations for the trilogy. This story is very close to our hearts, and getting the chance to revisit this world is in many ways like a long lost child that has found its way back home."
MGM will run the production of the film, and Jonathan Glickman, President, Motion Picture Group overseeing the project on behalf of MGM. Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, will oversee the film for Warner Bros. Pictures. Warner Bros. will handle worldwide distribution for the film, and MGM will handle some select international territories.
Glickman added on the project: "For us at MGM, there was no version of us further developing the 'Stargate' franchise without Roland and Dean at the creative helm. This is their baby, and we cannot wait to bring their reenergized universe to the legions of fans around the world."
Silverman stated: "'Stargate' created an expansive cinematic universe that has engaged fans for two decades." He added, "Under the guidance of Roland and Dean, these new films will build upon the creativity and popularity of the first film, while delivering an original film-going experience for fans and those new to the franchise."