Dean Devlin Gives an Update on ‘Independence Day 2′ & ‘Stargate’ Sequel

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Stargate Movie Reboot Trilogy Dean Devlin Gives an Update on Independence Day 2 & Stargate Sequel

Dean Devlin has taken some heavy floggings from movie fans over the years, especially after his 1998 Godzilla movie was panned by critics and the left many viewers scratching their heads. Further complicating his reputation is the seemingly never-ending slew of underwhelming (albeit campy) movies that collaborator/director friend, Roland Emmerich, has been churning out (The Day After Tomorrow, 2012, and Anonymous, among others) – given that, for many years, their names appeared side-by-side on a number of high profile projects.

However, some moviegoers will still remember that the pair were also responsible for a number of fan-favorite projects that managed to earn solid box office revenue while also delivering memorable sci-fi stories: Independence Day, Stargate, and Universal Solider. Now, it sounds as though Devlin and Emmerich may have found new life on the big screen by finally breaking the story to one of their most-saught-after sequels: Independence Day 2.

In an interview with Heat Vision, while promoting the fifth season of Devlin’s TNT hit Leverage, the screenwriter-turned-TV executive producer discussed the status of the ID4 follow-up – laying out a “challenging” but “exciting” path to the big screen:

“I can tell you that Roland and I have been working together for the first time in 11 years and we’re every excited about the idea of doing it. Whether or not we can make this happen, if we can get all the pieces to come together, that’s gonna be challenging. But creatively, for the very first time since we did the original, I feel we have a worthy concept, a worthy path to go. We resisted doing the sequel for years because we still wanted to honor the first one. The first one gave us all careers, and we really love that movie and loved the experience. We didn’t want to make a movie because it was financially a good idea, we only wanted to do it when we had an idea and a concept that creatively felt like it honored the first one – that it felt like an organic sequel as opposed to ‘let’s just go make some more money.’ I feel like we got it. I think it took a long time, but I feel like we finally got something that really feels like, ‘that’s worth seeing as a sequel to Independence Day.'”

It’s been a long time since we’ve heard solid news on the Independence Day sequel – two years to be exact. At that time, Emmerich claimed the pair had figured out where to go in a pair of sequels (to complete a trilogy story) – basically a continuation of the ID4 storyline:

“The idea is just to continue the story and actually I don’t know how many years ago this was—twelve, thirteen, fourteen years ago—and just continue where it ended.”

Whether or not they’d pick-up right after the events of Independence Day or fast-forward SIXTEEN years isn’t entirely clearly – assuming that Devlin’s recent comment even refers to that same plan. Of course, any returning actors would be significantly older now – and, aside from a report that (falsely) claimed Will Smith was onboard a pair of sequels, it sounds as though casting is in the very early stages.

According to Devlin:

“We’re beginning a long process of talking to everybody. We’ll just have to see what happens.”

Bringing everyone back would be a difficult endeavor – especially considering Will Smith is now one of the largest action stars in the world (and, according to Emmerich, has a very specific idea of how he’d be compensated for a sequel). That said, if they could land Smith, who hasn’t shied away from alien franchise sequels (i.e. Men in Black 3), it would be easy enough to bring back other key players like Bill Pullman (depending on how far into the future the story jumps), Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch, Margaret Colin, and Vivica A. Fox.

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It’ll certainly be interesting to see where the filmmakers go with the story – especially since the closing act of Independence Day seemed to layout a pretty clear path (i.e. the alien mothership might have only been the first of many). Similarly, most of the ID4 action was limited to aerial battles and it’s easy to imagine some pretty slick ground combat this time (as hinted at in the Independence Day alien “Shocktrooper” scene) – especially with the aid of modern CGI.

In the interview, Devlin also commented (briefly) on another of the pair’s sci-fi properties he’d like to revisit, Stargate (1994):

“Stargate has always had this empty hole. When we made the first one, we always intended on doing part two and three, and we were prevented for years. And our hope is that we can get another chance at Stargate and tell the entire story we wanted to tell.”

The film helped launch Stargate spin-offs, most notably Stargate: SG-1 (which ran for 10 seasons) and Stargate Atlantis (which lasted 5 seasons). However, there’s no doubt that many fans would love to see another Stargate movie on the big screen – even though elements of the original movie story have been explored on TV.

Kurt Russell and James Spader Stargate Dean Devlin Gives an Update on Independence Day 2 & Stargate Sequel

If Kurt Russell is no longer available to reprise his role as Col. Jack O’Neill (later played by Richard Dean Anderson) – maybe Devlin can center the entire story around a much older James Spader and his role as Dr. Daniel Jackson? Kidding (maybe) – since Dr. Jackson’s story continued in the TV series (played by Michael Shanks).

We’ll keep you updated on both sequels. However, in the meantime, you can catch Devlin and Emmerich’s Independence Day in 3D on July 3rd 2013.

Follow me on Twitter @benkendrick for more on Independence Day 2 and Stargate 2 as well as future movie, TV, and gaming news.

Source: Heat Vision

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  1. Stargate an empty hole? Maybe moviewise but the multiple TV series did much more (and covered more ground) that 4-5 hrs of sequels could ever do.

    Please leave Stargate alone because we already know the story.

    • ^ Agreed >:[

    • well said.

    • +1

      These guys in Hollywood should have to take a pay cut for every recycled idea they try to sell…

    • I say do a StarGate movie but use SG1.

      • The only problem with that is there is literally nothing left to explore; They effectively removed the System Lords, destroyed the Replicators, saved the Asgard, discovered Atlantis (with a spin-off series), went to the afterlife and “higher beings”, played out the tales of King Arthur/Merlin, and lastly destroyed the Ori god cult. Anything else is pretty much going downhill and why the series was finally canceled.

        (plus they did make a couple TV movies)

        • I think the movie and TV franchises might be completely separate in their conception.

  2. All seems a bit pointless really, what is there left for Roland Emmerich to blow up?

    Stargate was explored endlessly in the tv show(s) and independence day doesn’t need a sequel, so yeah, back to the drawing board boys

  3. What happened to Kurt Russell?

    • Whoops. That was supposed to say “If.”

      • Phew, you scared me .

  4. Russell was working on a luxury yatch and fell ‘Overboard’ got amnesia and now lives in a retirement home in Ohio

  5. Stop this Stargate talk, Devlin. And remember: It’s “O’Neill”, with TWO l’s.

  6. Please say it isn’t so. ID was the stupidist script ever conceived. Predictable plot and ridiculous dialogue. Why waste resources on more of the same? Just because CG is better, doesn’t mean the movie will be.

  7. I LOVE ID4. and wouldnt mind a sequel if its done right.

    and is the stargate shows worth checking out? I havent seen any of them or the film so i was wondering if they are a good show to check out.

    • “and is the stargate shows worth checking out? I havent seen any of them or the film so i was wondering if they are a good show to check out.”

      You my friend have 8 glorious (1-8) and 2 pretty good (9 & 10) seasons of Stargate SG1 in your future. WELL WORTH THE WATCHING. I was just thinking about re-watching the series again couple days ago. Now my hunch is confirmed.

      • @INK

        My own personal opinion is more like 6 glorious (1-6), 2 pretty good (7-8) and 2 “eh” (9-10) seasons of Stargate SG1. :-) It really started going downhill the moment O’Neill became less and less involved…

        • I agree. SG1 wasnt as good when O’Neill wasnt in it.

        • Richard Dean Anderson was the reason that show was so good. Even as he aged, his snarky behavior was still great.

          • @Kahless

            The thing that made his character so compelling was the fact that most of the time you’re used to seeing him pretty sarcastic and silly. So in the few moments in the series where he got REALLY serious and REALLY angry at someone, it was actually very profound and intense.

            I still remember the episode Red Sun when he attacked that monk after they sabotaged the rocket to explode, killing several SG members.

          • @Kahless

            Ah, excuse me, Red Sky…

            • The episode where he stole an alien artifact so that everyone believed he was rogue just so he could catch the real rogue SG team was also very good.

      • @INK

        Oh, and also, I’ve seen the entire series up to Season 8 3 times already. Well worth rewatching. I saw seasons 9 and 10 once only. But if another friend is interested in seeing the entire show I would watch it all the way through again. :-)

        • :)

    • Don’t forget SG: Atlantis! It took a season (or 2) to find its legs but I was real disappointed when they canceled it because it did eventually find it groove.

      I would however just ignore SG:Universe.

      • @mongoose

        I lost interest in Atlantis after seeing the first season, but EVERYONE tells me that it gets better, so I’m dying to just watch them all now. I doubt it’ll ever reach the greatness that SG1 was with RDA, but if it’s even half as awesome it’ll be worth it…

        • As I said, the first season was rough but it did get better when they stopped treating the Wraith as the “faceless enemy” and started humanizing them. “Todd” was one of the best reoccurring characters on the show.

          You are right though, the RDA years were the best but Atlantis is definitely worth watching.

        • @Ken J

          It definitely gets better.
          I hated the first season also, the whole complaining about ‘getting a power source’ got very old. It does get much better, I don’t want to give spoilers though. Worth a rental at least.

  8. Ok, so I’m confused. The tv-series Stargate changed a whole lot of things from the movie Stargate. So would this sequel be for the movie, ignoring all of the changes and the events from the tv-series or will it somehow tie into the tv-series world?? How would they do this and not confuse everyone??

    • I don’t think he really has a plan. I think he was merely saying that he was interested in revisiting it. My guess would be that the films would have covered some of the material that the show went on to cover but, since that happened, it would probably be a separate plot in the same movie universe.

      • Stargate was originally intended to be a trilogy.
        Then the studio decided to make that horrible TV series. yeah, I hated SG-1. I think it ruined the entire premise of the film Stargate.

        • I don’t think that was such a bad thing. The premise for the movie was pretty stupid to begin with.

        • Yeah, I’m with Trevor171. I thought the movie was ok but there really wasn’t a lot to it……travel to alien world through a wormhole and then blow up the “god” alien with a bomb we brought with us because we are a paranoid and xenophobic race at heart. Where are they gonna go what that? Go to another alien world, bring another bomb, and blow up the threat again at the last moment? or better yet the aliens who were blown up didn’t like their buddy being vaporized so the come to earth to eradicate us and…….oh wait, that would be ID4, what a coincidence.

          The TV series took that crumb of a premise and built a rich background onto it.

        • @Mike E.

          I liked the movie, but honestly, the premise of the movie was pretty absurd. According to that movie, this alien race came up with such an advanced piece of technology that can harness a wormhole, yet it really only went between two places??? Yah… Seems pretty pointless to me. The show pretty much opened up a boatload of possibilities and made it make so much more sense for the stargate to be a device that was used to transport individuals to many places not just back and forth between earth and this planet to transport slaves…

          • I still don’t know what a dang Furling is either! They better bring that up if they do any sort of continuation of Stargate.

            • Didn’t they have “Furlings” in the 100th episode. . . At least a version of what they might be!

              • @Lyn,
                I refuse to believe that the Furling’s are ewoks lol. I demand a Stargate:Furling’s.

  9. I don’t understand why they would want to do another Independence Day. I mean I liked the first one but I think it would be pointless to do another. It wrapped up fine and didn’t leave me going “Hey when are they gonna do another?” I think movie makers are just running out of new ideas and want to revisit old ones so they can screw the whole thing up.

    • Man, I’m just finishing up “Manifold Space” for the second time in four years. If they want an intelligent movie about alien invasion they should buy the rights to this book! It at least offers an intelligent solution to the Fermi paradox and is more complex in the portrayal of Aliens. It might actually inspire governments to take a greater interest in space exploration and colonization…

  10. I loved the original movie and would love to see the next two parts of the trilogy that MGM screwed up by taking it to TV. (Not that they screwed up the TV show…rather that they screwed up the proposed additional films.) I want to see the original vision for our two heroes. Everything that happened in the TV show was someone else’s view of Stargate (the imposter’s view). I want to see the creator’s view; I’m sure it is quite different than the TV show.

    • Agreed.

  11. I WANT A ID4 SEQUEL! TOMORROW!.. And Stargate 2 would be cool too.

  12. Honestly if they are going to do anything with stargate (and some people may disagree with me on this) then bring back SG:U or continue that as a movie. We’ve got enough background info on the characters after a season, having them wake up when they reach the next galaxy hundreds or thousands of years in the future and then eventually return home to an earth that has changed drastically could be an interesting concept. Really if they did that as a movie they’ve basically got a clean slate where they can send the movie off in any direction they want. Also I want to see some furlings!

    • Yah, I think I’ll go right ahead and speak up to say that I disagree with you. That show tried so hard to be all “hip” and “edgy.” It actually reminded me of the parody SG1 did in the 200th episode… Which is sad…

  13. BITD…miss the 90`s

  14. If they could get Michael Shanks i would watch anything. I miss seeing him on screen

    • Come, join my crusade to made him Ant-man!

  15. Welcome to earf!

  16. I’ll only watch an Independence Day sequel if Jeff Goldblum is in it.

  17. Does anyone else think that Stargate Universe was the best of the series? It sucks that it only made it to two seasons.

    • I thought it was brilliant. Little slow at the start, beautiful effects and cinematography, and Robert Carlyle gave one of the best acting performances I have ever seen on TV.

      • I think Carlyle is an excellent actor (and helps make Once Upon A Time very worthwhile) but SGU just didn’t have enough substance going for it imho. I was basically a rehash of ST:Voyager (which was a rehash of Lost in Space) with the silly communication stones.

        • But Voyager gave up the whole abandoned and must fight for survival thing very quickly, after about 2 episodes lol.

          God that was an awful show.

          • I disagree but to each their own. Voyager did have a rocky start and the first couple seasons were rough but after they finally got rid of Kes and brought in 7 of 9 the show really shined imho. I also really enjoyed Picardo as the EMH his character and story in general I found pretty unique.

            It lasted as long as ST:TNG so they must have been doing something right.

          • I have to agree with mongoose on this one. SG:U just took too long to get really interesting, and then by that time, most people stopped watching. And there was a reason 7 of 9 was brought in….and it worked. 😛

    • @KB

      I’ll have to disagree. SGU was like their attempt to make the show “hip.” Complete with the female uniform being open on the top to make it sexier and young characters with much too high of rank, and too many attempts to put sex in every episode. It was seriously exactly what SG1 made fun of in their parody 200th episode… Which I find very entertaining, that they would do everything they just made fun of a little while before… 😀

      • I wasn’t sure about SGU at the start but it did improve a lot in just two seasons & I think would have really hit its stride in S3. The music alone makes it worth rewatching, brilliant score, and the characters were becoming very watchable.

        I didn’t dislike the movie, but I did prefer the series. The movie followed the Hollywood formula a little bit more than I liked – but it is personal choice. I prefer Fifth Element.
        A SGU movie would be great, although I would like to have more of the series. There isn’t enough sci fi on TV lately.

        Leverage is a great series & could be a great movie. Not Sci Fi though.

  18. *bounces* Yessssssss all my (guilty) favorite movies! I swear I can watch 2012 over and over again if only for the earth blowing and that Hotty McHotpants saying “Lift your big ass for Sasha.”

    Give me an ID4 sequel. Give my husband the Stargate verse again. That is all.

  19. So let’s blow up the alien mothership whit a nuke and do a sequel whit who ever left. This is so great … so great

  20. Mr. Emmerich and Mr. Devlin definitely had a series of successful summer blockbusters in the 90s, and an interestingly high percentage of their movies turned into TV franchises – I think this is quite a unique phenomenon, especially because most (if not all) of those movies are plain and simple popcorn movies with little substance. But, they were entertaining, and that is what we want in the movie theatre, don´t we? Most obviously, this wish was granted. Mission accomplished.

    Myself, I have never ever watched any of these TV series – for me, sequels would be quite a different game than for those who watched them. I think some stories are made to be told in 2 or 3 hours on the big screen, but not in 100 or 200 hours on the small TV set. Imho, the Stargate franchise has gone beyond its limits. But, who knows. And, ID4: The question of whether we are alone or not has been answered. What´s the next question?

    I strongly doubt that the discussed sequels would bring more substance than their “originals”. If I had to decide between the two, I´d select Stargate – simply because the premise of another “4th of July” alien attack, or even just a movie about battles on the ground sounds silly, ridiculous and absolutely obsolete. To me, the thought to make these two sequels just sounds exactly like what Mr. Devlin tries to deny: “Let´s make some more money”.

  21. Any sequel to Stargate will be based on the Movie only. Both filmmakers have expressed no desire to do anything with the TV Stargate property. The Movie actually has a number of differences. Among them being that Ra wasn’t a slimy worm/snake, it was described as more of an energy being.

    I think that any Stargate movie would have a hard time divorcing itself from the TV show. Any movie would probably end up disappointing fans who were knowledgeable about the TV show.

    ID4 Sequel could be fairly fun. esp if enough time has passed for humanity to adapt alien tech.

    • “I think that any Stargate movie would have a hard time divorcing itself from the TV show”

      Exactly. If they had made a sequel a bit sooner it would be different BUT it has been literally 18 YEARS since the movie came out and most people who know about Stargate will think about the TV series. They blew it by not capitalizing on it when they had the chance.

      • They didn’t “blow it”…MGM had the rights to the franchise and pulled it out from under them to do the TV show. Now that MGM is bankrupt (serves them right) perhaps they are able to once again work with “their” story. At least now the possibility exists…before that they couldn’t do it.

        • Actually it was Devlin himself who voluntarily gave control to MGM, so yes he blew it.

          • No, they did that to get the picture distributed, but they thought MGM was on board to make the sequels, not pull it out from under them and make a TV series. They had no way to make a sequel sooner than now.

  22. So… they couldn’t come up with anything else? Damn, has Hollywood gone completely unoriginal.

  23. Not interested in ID42 but Stargate movies should all be related to SG-1 and use all SG-1 cast members. No Kurt Russell or James Spader. LOVE STARGATE SG-1.

    • But where do they go from there? They defeated the system lords, the replicators, the Wraith, and finally, the Ori (essentially gods); how do you top that?

  24. STARGATE the TV show sucked, but The movie was Awesome. If a sequel gets made I hope the movie does not acknowledge the existence of the TV show. AS far as Im concerned the TV show never hapened.

  25. The whole idea behind Stargate the movie was a take on Erich von Däniken’s “Chariots of the Gods” The TV show had nothing to do with COTG, AS a matter of fact the movie Prometheus Has more in common with Stargate the movie then The TV show. And Prometheus was also a very under rated film that I would recomend to anybody that gets into ancient astronaut theories, like My self.

  26. I hope they don’t start the ID4 sequel out with all the cities rebuilt. It’s been 13 years since 9/11 and they’re still working on ground zero. There’s no way they could rebuild all those cities in only 20 years.