A Strange Reboot: Stargate

It’s a very common practice today to ‘reboot’ a film or franchise.  It seems that many filmmakers want to either live out a childhood fantasy of working with a favorite franchise, or else they want to cash in on the audience’s nostalgia.  For instance, Ronald D. Moore saw some amazing potential in the original Battlestar Galactica series from the 1970s, and he went ahead and re-created from scratch.  His re-imagining of BSG went far above and beyond the content of the original series.  It was truly great!  But then you have something like the 1998 remake of Psycho…  Why would you even do that?!

Now, we have sort of a strange one on the way…  Stargate!  Read more below the cut to find out why this is a weird idea.

The original Stargate came out in 1994.  It was directed by Roland Emmerich and produced by Dean Devlin.  It was a moderately successful science-fiction film that earned a strong cult following.  The cast was great and the movie played with the idea that aliens came to earth during ancient times to have an impact the develop of Egyptian culture.

A few years later, the studio used the rights to the film to adapt it into a television series, Stargate SG-1.  This show lasted for 10 years, and spawned two spin-off series!  SG-1 is probably quite a bit more popular than the original film ever was.  The show also deviated from the film on several points, involving the nature of the aliens and a few other details.

So why is this potential reboot so weird?  Well, it’s going to be directed by Roland Emmerich and produced by Dean Devlin…  Yes.  The same two people who made the original, twenty years ago!  Apparently, they always intended for Stargate to be a trilogy of films, but didn’t get a chance to produce them.  These sequels would have been vastly different from the direction the series went in.

So, now, they’re going to start over again, with a plan to recreate Stargate from the beginning.  Now, I can’t wait to get more Stargate!  I was sad when the shows ended.  I just hope that the new material measures up to what we already have!

What do you think?  Did you like Stargate or any of the series?  Is this a good thing or a mistake?  Would you reboot your own film twenty years after the fact?

Let us know in the comments!


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