Roland Emmerich is already working on a sequel to his “Independence Day” disaster movie and now he has his eyes set on another big screen revival. This time, Emmerich is looking at remaking a movie that he originally directed back in 1994. In one of his earliest success stories, Emmerich directed “Stargate,” a movie starring Kurt Russell and James Spader in a science fiction story involving space travel.
The news is that Emmerich plans to reboot the entire franchise, setting it up for a new trilogy of films. With a new “Stargate” movie coming, here is a look at what came before.
The original “Stargate” movie was a huge success at the time of its release. James Spader stars as an Egyptologist who figures out that a mysterious artifact is a portal that allows the users to travel to the far corners of the universe. He teams up with a military unit, led by the gruff non-nonsense Kurt Russell, to head through the artifact’s portal and into a desert world on the other side of the galaxy to stop a man who wants to destroy the earth. While the movie was received coldly by film critics, it was very popular with the general public and resulted in televised spin-offs.
The television series that resulted from the movie was “Stargate SG-1,” a series created by Jonathan Glassner and Brad Wright for pay cable network Showtime. The series included characters from the movie, including those played by Russell and Spader. The series proved hugely popular and lasted five seasons on Showtime before moving to the cable network the Sci-Fi Channel, where it finished up after 10 seasons. Two television movies aired after the show ended called “Stargate: The Ark of Truth” and “Stargate: Continuum” to finish the story.
Two more spin-offs started up from “Stargate SG-1.” The first was “Stargate: Atlantis,” which followed an expedition team searching for the lost city of Atlantis. It aired on the Sci-Fi Channel for five years and was followed by another spin-off, this one called “Stargate: Universe.” This final show only lasted two seasons and featured a crew lost millions of miles from earth, trying to find their way back home.
After “Stargate,” Emmerich became one of cinema’s biggest directors when it comes to the disaster movie genre. Following “Stargate,” Emmerich directed the disaster movie “Independence Day,” and it is with that genre that he has worked on ever since. He followed that with “Godzilla,” destroying New York City, “The Day After Tomorrow,” destroying half of the world with a global warming story, and “2012,” which destroyed almost everything. With “Stargate,” it gives Emmerich a chance to return to the property that made him a hot director to begin with.