MGM Pictures and Warner Bros. announced in an official press release that Roland Emmerich is returning not just for an Independence Day sequel, but he’s now also set to launch a new trilogy reboot based on the 1994 movie Stargate (which he directed).
Emmerich directed and co-wrote the original film with Dean Devlin, who is returning to produce the new trilogy. Emmerich will direct the first film. The original film grossed almost $200 million at the worldwide box office. The franchise later spawned a live-action TV series spin-off, an animated series, and two direct-to-DVD features.
MGM Chairman and CEO Gary Barger said on the announcement, “We couldn’t be more excited to once again partner with Roland and Dean, the world-class creators of the original ‘Stargate,’ to bring their reinvigorated vision of this wildly popular property to audiences of multiple generations.” He added, “‘Stargate’ is one of the biggest titles in MGM’s vast library, and we look forward to adding this great franchise to our slate.”
Emmerich and Devlin added: “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.”