In an interview with Digital Spy the director confirmed plans were progressing on a new Stargate movie. However, the new movie won’t be a sequel to the original 1994 movie which starred Kurt Russell and James Spader. Instead the new movie will be a remake and the first in a trilogy to reboot the franchise.
Emmerich told Digital Spy “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”
The 1994 movie spawned the television series Stargate SG-1 which ran for ten seasons and 214 episodes between 1997 and 2007 with Michael Shanks, Richard Dean Anderson and Amanda Tapping amongst the cast. The first spin-off from the television series Atlantis launched in 2004 and lasted five seasons clocking up 100 episodes. The cast of the series included Joe Flanigan, Robert Picardo and Torri Higginson.
In 2009 a new spin-off series was launched; Stargate Universe which ran for just two seasons and 34 episodes before the axe fell due to low ratings. The cast of Universe included Robert Carlyle and David Blue.
The Stargate franchise has also included several straight-to-dvd movies such as Ark of Truth and Continuum which continued the SG-1 story. Further DVD movies were planned – for Atlantis as well – but were shelved because of the recession.
Following the cancellation of Stargate: Universe in 2011 rumours about the franchise returning to its cinematic roots began to surface. In the interview with Digital Spy Roland Emmerich confirmed talks would begin soon with Will Smith over reprising his role in the planned Independence Day sequel.