Roland Emmerich Rebooting 'Stargate', Still Trying To Get Will Smith To Fight Aliens

September 6, 2013


Stargate's futuristic Ancient Egypt is getting made-over into the slightly more futuristic Ancient Egypt you always wanted it to be.

In one of his brief interludes between White House detonations and climate scares, Stargate director and co-writer Roland Emmerich recently told DigitalSpy he plans to restart his franchise, expanding it into a new trilogy to stretch the premise beyond just 354 episodes of television, 34 webisodes, and two straight-to-video follow-ups.

"We went to MGM, who has the rights, and we proposed to them to do a sequel, but as a reboot," Emmerich said. "Reboot it as a movie, and then do three parts. That's what we're doing right now, and pretty soon we'll have to look for a writer and start."

Emmerich added that long-held plans to follow-up the original with a sequel have been discarded, at least in part, because of his seeing how fat, old, and bald James Spader looks in those Blacklist promos on NBC.

"I originally wanted to make [the original Stargate] a trilogy," the director said. "But now, after all this time, I couldn't do a trilogy anymore, because the actors look totally different, and it would not work." Stargate just isn't Stargate unless Spader's character is always pushing his Meg Ryan hair away from his glasses.

Similarly, Independence Day just wouldn't be Independence Day without Will Smith sarcastically welcoming alien visitors, and since he still resembles himself enough to be recognizable, Emmerich hasn't given up on getting Smith in the long-planned ID4 sequel. Though the director previously said the actor would be too pricey for a production so humble, he now says "anything can happen," promising the two are going to meet again about the project. Who knows what's possible... After Earth?

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