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So, news is out that Emmerich and Devlin have been signed up by MGM and Warner Bros. to reboot STARGATE! They're planning a trilogy of movies (which they've always said that STARGATE was meant to be).

How do you feel about this news? Who do you think should portray Jack and Daniel? Let's talk!





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alexcat
May. 31st, 2014 04:04 pm (UTC)
I have little to no interest in this. I don't think anything they do will even approach the quality of the television show. I think it's a stupid idea. :Period.
never_at_home
May. 31st, 2014 07:29 pm (UTC)
I'm torn. I loved the idea of STARGATE, but I'm very much attached to the television franchise. And STARGATE isn't STARGATE without Jack and Daniel.

I guess they're looking for a new audience, like what was done for STAR TREK, but at least in STAR TREK, they kept the old universe in place (its events did happen and are remembered by our original Spock).

As far as a reboot is concerned, it will be aimed at a different audience, so I'm not even sure they'll have the same characters (Jack and Daniel) or if they'll mix it up and have one of the main characters be a woman. Maybe Jack and Daniel will exist, but it will have been over 20 years since the Stargate's opening and there are teams, but the Goa'uld don't exist (and, by association, neither do the Jaffa!).

It would be interesting if the trilogy took ideas from the television series, though -- preserving things like the Dial Home Device and the builders of the Stargates like the Ancients.

Edited at 2014-05-31 07:30 pm (UTC)
raktajinos
May. 31st, 2014 10:00 pm (UTC)
I feel like they are going to have to snag some things from the tv series - the film just doesn't have enough mythology to stand on its own for a trilogy. So they'll incorporate the obvious stuff. And really, it wouldn't be as good without those elements.

"or if they'll mix it up and have one of the main characters be a woman"
the only thing that will make me want to see this movie is if they have TWO female characters. I'm bored sick of the token woman trope. Sam Carter was friggen awesome (as was the plethora of badass women in the SG series), but if they do a film version I know they are going to take all that away and make it a boys club.
hand2hand
May. 31st, 2014 08:51 pm (UTC)
I'm in! Low expectations, but I can't resist.
raktajinos
May. 31st, 2014 10:02 pm (UTC)
I probably won't see them. I didn't want to see the new Trek films but I had friends and family dragging me to them....I have no such peer pressure for SG :P
nialla42
Jun. 1st, 2014 02:31 pm (UTC)
They wanted to do a trilogy from the start, but the rights were sold out from under them because a film backer thought the movie would tank. That's how MGM not only owns the movie, but all the characters in it, which is why Jack and Daniel can appear in all the series -- they don't have to pay for them to appear.

I doubt they'll use anything from the series. Not just because the creation of SG-1 meant MGM had no interest in continuing the trilogy back in the day, which probably means bitter blood, but also because using elements that MGM doesn't own outright means the writer(s) who created those elements would have to be paid. Much cheaper to create new stuff.

From what I read when the first movie came out, the trilogy was going to be "loosely connected" in some way, exploring different myths potentially with different characters in each movie. I do wonder if they've changed their mind on that front. I think people will be more likely to watch if at least some characters carry over from the first movie.

I'm not really bothered by the reboot effort. Might breathe some new life into the franchise. I imagine a more people who will see it in theaters will have seen the original movie than the series, or perhaps they watched some of the series. Though honestly, it doesn't matter, because as soon as the word "reboot" is used, people will expect similarities, but a new story.

What would be really weird is if the movie(s) did well enough to get a series too. Though from what I recall SG-1 came about because they wanted a "vehicle" for RDA, and they wholly owned the Stargate rights, so that was the cheaper way to go than to attempt something new. The television show market isn't what it was then, so I think the reboot would have to do extremely well to get a series.
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