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Roland Emmerich to direct reboot of Stargate

Apparently, Independence Day isn’t the only ’90s sci-fi adventure that director Roland Emmerich is looking to revisit in the near future. After yesterday’s update on the Independence Day sequel, today brings news that Emmerich is also looking to reboot Stargate, the 1994 sci-fi adventure he co-wrote and directed.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures announced plans this week to partner with Emmerich and writer/producer Dean Devlin to produce a new trilogy of films based on Stargate, which chronicled the adventures of a team that travels through a mysterious portal unearthed in Egypt to an alien planet similar to Earth where the inhabitants worship a powerful, god-like entity. The original film — which starred Kurt Russell, James Spader, and Jaye Davidson — was a moderate success at the box office, but its real achievement was in spawning three long-running television series (spanning 17 seasons), as well as an animated series, and a pair of direct-to-video movies.

Emmerich will direct the first installment of the rebooted Stargate trilogy with Devlin producing the film. 

“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,” said Emmerich in an official statement announcing the project. “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.”

There’s no word on when the Stargate reboot will go into production, as Emmerich is currently busy filming the drama Stonewall, and is then expected to begin shooting the two-part sequel to Independence Day, tentatively titled ID Forever, Part I and Part II

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