Oh, poor Dean Devlin. Banished to television, Devlin is still hoping to get into Hollywood's good graces even after accepting the blame for the failure of the 1998 remake of GODZILLA (the gig that put an end to his big screen writing career). Now, he’s trying to pimp some STARGATE sequels. And by STARGATE, I mean sequels to the original film and not to the countless television spin-offs that it spawned. And by sequels, I mean “Hey, let’s turn a nearly twenty year old movie into an unnecessary trilogy!”.
Here’s a little bit of what Devlin had to say about STARGATE 2 & 3 to Collider:
"We actually wrote it as a trilogy of movies, but we were never able to do parts two and three. 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 that story. I think it'll change a little bit from our original idea since so many years have passed. 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."
Devlin goes on to say that he’d bring back the actors from the movie and…not the series? Say what?
Listen, I’m not a hardcore STARGATE fan by any means. My knowledge of the series is mostly connected to the first film which I find to be a rather enjoyable piece of sci-fi nonsense. Outside of that, I’ve got nothing. I know there were four shows (SG-1, ATLANTIS, UNIVERSE and INFINITY), a handful of direct-to-DVD films and a bunch of other shit that I really don’t have time to list. Just know that STARGATE is a massive franchise and it has grown far past the original film.
Which is why it confuses me that Devlin would want to simply pump out a pair of sequels to the first film and bring back Kurt Russell as Jack O’Neil and James Spader as Daniel Jackson. Love Russell and Spader, I do. But I think (actually, I’m pretty damn sure) that most people now associate those characters with Richard Dean Anderson and Michael Shanks from the TV show. Bringing back Russell and O’Neil would add more confusion to a situation that is already confusing thanks to Devlin wanting to ignore everything that followed the movie in favor of creating a trilogy where a trilogy wasn’t warranting…and, seriously, didn’t STARGATE pretty much play itself out? Is there anything else to be said about these particular intergalactic portals that wasn’t already covered by the first film, the shows, the video games, the animated series, the comics, the novels or any of the other spin-offs?
Long story short, this is dumb idea. The original film is nice and all, but I just don’t see a market for two sequels built exclusively for it. Any future STARGATE spin-offs, whether they be film or television, need to really be built on the mythos that currently stands. The fans deserve that.
Be sure to head on over to Collider and check out the rest of their interview with Devlin. Within the space of five minutes, Devlin manages to take full blame for GODZILLA, drop hints about two more trips to the STARGATE, pimp the show LEVERAGE, mention he stayed in the hotel that was used for the exterior shots in THE SHINING and mention that he still really, really wants to make two more INDEPENDENCE DAY sequels. Interesting, if sad, stuff. Sad only because Devlin clearly does not realize that his big screen days are far behind him.