Well, at least when people ask you for the definition of “creative bankruptcy,” you’ll have this example handy: MGM and Warner Bros jointly announced that they are planning a reboot/trilogy around “Stargate,” the 1994 sci-fi movie that starred Kurt Russell and James Spader and somehow involved both aliens and ancient Egypt. While that’s a pretty lazy thing to do, it gets even better: the original producer/director team of Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, who also co-wrote the screenplay for the first film, will be back to remake their own movie.
In a prepared statement (via Deadline), MGM’s Gary Barber called the duo “world class creators of the original” and noted that they would, “bring their reinvigorated vision of this wildly popular property to audiences of multiple generations.”
Devlin and Emmerich, who are currently attempting to reanimate “Independence Day” franchise over at Fox, said: “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.”
What makes this announcement even more baffling is that, since the original film debuted in 1994, it has been constantly reconfigured for television. “Stargate SG-1” was the first spinoff series, and ran on Showtime from 1997 to 2007, and that show was so successful it was spun off into three more series: “Stargate Atlantis” (which ran from 2004 to 2009), “Stargate Universe” (2009-2011) and, oddly enough, an animated series called “Stargate Infinity” (2002-2003). So it’s not like the world is hankering for more “Stargate” adventures.
A timeframe for the new “Stargate” hasn’t been explicitly detailed, although “Independence Day 2” is supposed to come out in the summer of 2016, so probably sometime not too long after that. Hopefully the new movie will use the catchy theme song from the “Stargate Infinity” TV show. So, so good.
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