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The New Stargate Movies Are Probably Not Happening

Image: Lionsgate
Image: Lionsgate

As a fan of the Stargate TV universe, which the proposed new Stargate movies were definitely going to remove from canon, I’m okay with this. Especially seeing how the same team did with Independence Day: Resurgence.

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Dean Devlin told Empire Online that the plans to make another Stargate movie, and reboot a potential new series, are stalled, possibly indefinitely:

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.

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Devlin added that he thinks the problem is with big studio thinking, which wants a franchise in theaters no matter what and doesn’t really care about the quality. We’ve heard that before.

Devlin added, “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.” Well, at least he’s willing to fight for it.

Dean Devlin’s been the executive producer behind a couple of TV shows, Leverage and The Librarians, that I love a lot. But as I mentioned, I’m also a fan of the Stargate TV universe, which was made without Devlin and Roland Emmerich’s involvement. Devlin’s on record as saying that the new movies would ignore all that had been established there, and, while it wouldn’t eliminate the shows from existence, that is a shame. That’s a whole universe that took years to build that they were just going to ignore.

So, instead of being sad that there aren’t going to be more Stargate movies from Devlin and Emmerich, I’m just going to bust out my SG-1 box sets.

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Katharine is the former managing editor of io9.

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DISCUSSION

You know what I miss most about Stargate SG-1/Atlantis that is almost nonexistent on television? Camaraderie. The SG-1 team might have philosophical difference but at the end of the day they would sacrifice themselves in a heartbeat to save the others. Same for Atlantis, and the same for shows like Star Trek: The Next Generation and Voyager.

Seems like most television shows, the main characters are constantly getting into such dramatic arguments that it ends friendships and relationships (if only temporarily). I’m not saying interpersonal conflict makes shows bad, it’s just that it feels like 95% of television features casts of characters that don’t really trust one another.