If the headline on this story got you excited that the new MGM might be considering bringing back "Stargate SG-1," "Stargate: Atlantis" or even "Stargate: Universe" in some way or another, sorry.
It seems like the only version of Stargate that has even a hint of life is a version that hasn't been touched in nearly 17 years.
Dean Devlin, who wrote the original 1994 movie "Stargate" (which spawned the television series without his involvement), told Collider.com that he is moving forward with the idea of creating a trilogy around his original work. That, of course, means completely ignoring anything that has happened on the small screen over that long, long span.
It's not because he doesn't like the later television shows (he hasn't commented on them), but because he had developed additional stories from the very beginning.
"We actually wrote it as a trilogy of movies, but we were never able to do parts two and three," Devlin said. "So our hope is, now that the series is starting to wind down, that maybe it will be time to actually get to do parts two and three. We're still hopeful that we'll get to come back and tell the rest of the story."
It's not clear why the additional movies were never ordered. The original film starred Kurt Russell, James Spader and Alexis Cruz. It was made for $55 million ($84 million when adjusted for inflation), and grossed just under $72 million domestically. It reportedly grossed an additional $34 million in rentals, according to Internet Movie Database.
Devlin and director Roland Emmerich did run into some trouble soon after the film was made from a would-be writer who claimed he submitted the idea to the two in 1984, only to have it rejected. That claim was later settled out of court, and by then, Devlin and Emmerich had moved on to other projects.
"Stargate SG-1" premiered in 1997, and the franchise would continue on until the spinoff "Universe" was cancelled after its second season last year.
Although Devlin said that two different franchises could exist at the same time, the fact that there are no series in production is helping his film project move forward.
"I think it'll change a little bit from our original idea since so many years have passed," Devlin said. "We wanted to explore the idea of how the stargates were built originally, and where else in the universe they exist, and why they exist -- and where else they exist on Earth.
"We had really planned out, as a trilogy of films, to allow this mythology to grow bigger and bigger."
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