Big UFO movie news outta crazy old Tinseltown today… MGM and Warner Bros. have announced they are teaming-up with director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin for a “re-imagined trilogy” based on the pair’s 1994 Ancient-Astronaut-inspired blockbuster Stargate. Incidentally, Emmerich and Devlin are also currently deep in development on Independence Day 2, a.k.a. ID-4ever: Part One (a title which implies yet another sequel).
Speaking for MGM, Gary Barber said Emmerich and Devlin will “bring their reinvigorated vision of this wildly popular property to audiences of multiple generations.”
Emmerich and Devlin have said of their new project: “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.”
The original Stargate, of course, went on to spawn an epic TV franchise with SG-1, Atlantis, and Universe, all of which have tapped into UFO mythology to varying degrees. It seems a fair bet that this “re-imagined” trilogy will also owe a significant debt to UFO literature and debate. No release date has yet been announced, but with the Independence Day sequel still a ways off in 2016, it’s unlikely cinemagoers will be journeying through a Stargate any time before 2018.