Since the original Stargate film hit theatres way back in 1994, time has significantly changed. In saying that, so has the filmmaking market. Ideas that used to be deemed cool and exciting have been done over and over again, to the point where every second new release is either a remake, sequel or prequel. The 1994 (kinda) hit, Stargate, was directed by Roland Emmerich, you may know him as the director of the critical hit Stonewall. The film also starred Guardians of The Galaxy Vol.2 star Kurt Russell and Avengers: Age of Ultron star, James Spader. The film sparked an enormous franchise, developing four TV series (one of them animated) and two sequels, both of which went straight to DVD. In fact, in 2014, Emmerich heavily teased a reboot of sorts, and since then, we have known little, to nothing.
In a new interview with the original’s producer, Dean Devlin, the producer revealed the current predicament the reboot is in. Devlin did not sound too confident with the prospect of a reboot hitting the big screen, in fact, it kinda sounds dead:
“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.”
When Empire asked the producer why he felt this reboot was unlikely, he revealed that the current state of filmmaking is one of the many reasons. Back in 1994, Stargate was produced independently, without the financial backing of a major Hollywood studio. According to the producer, every studio in town wants a film that will easily produce the numbers. Devlin went on to say:
“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.”
Devlin concluding remarks remind me of a lot of major films released nowadays. Movies have become less about the product, and more about the franchise. How many movies can we make? How much will they all make? These are all questions I think major studios ask when they develop a new film.
“You’d have several studio’s 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.”
You can check out the rest of Devlin’s interview over at Empire, in which he details a new project he is working on titled, Countdown. But what do you guys think of this? Are you sad to say goodbye to a franchise like Stargate? Who knows, in 20-30 years we may get a full reboot without Devlin or Emmerich’s involvement. With Hollywood, you simply never know.
Source: Empire Magazine