The Stargate Reboot and Independence Day Sequels Were Main Topic Of Recent Interview With Emmerich
In a recent interview with Empire, kicking off a week-long stint where Roland Emmerich is serving as a guest editor for Empire, Emmerich had some interesting things to say about the Stargate reboot / sequel, and the Independence Day sequels (yeah, you’re reading that right, sequels, plural). So, let’s get to it, starting with Stargate.
When it was announced that Stargate would be getting a sequel / reboot, fans were torn, as it was announced that the new Stargate movie would not be connected at all to the Stargate TV universe, and would more specifically be ignoring Stargate SG-1. As it turns out, however, Emmerich and producing partner Dean Devlin have a for that. Originally, Emmerich and Devlin conceived of Stargate as a film trilogy, but after the release of the first installment, 1994’s Stargate, the studio decided to develop the property as a TV project, using elements from the movie, but without the involvement of the filmmaking duo.
The TV series took the story and concept in a completely different direction than what Devlin and Emmerich had envisioned, and once Stargate SG-1 became a hit, creating other spinoffs (Stargate: Atlantis and Stargate: Universe) they never had the chance to come back to the franchise. Until just recently. They had this to say when news of the new Stargate movie first broke.
“The Stargate universe is one that we miss terribly, and we cannot wait to get going on imagining new adventures and situations for the trilogy. The 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.”
In the interview, Emmerich was asked again if the Stargate reboot / sequel would be retaining anything from SG-1, to which he answered:
“Elements of it will flow into the reboot, definitely. The amount of characters, for instance. It’s not a two-hander like the first one with James Spader and Kurt Russell, this time it’s a bigger group. Yes, there’s still the James Spader character and the Kurt Russell character, but other people are equally important. James and Kurt won’t come back – maybe as cameos – it’ll be a younger cast.”
So, no story / plot elements will be used, but things like the ensemble nature of SG-1 will be represented. OK, so what did he have to about Independence Day: Resurgence? Well, first up, Emmerich and Devlin were paid to write an ID4 sequel for the studios in the early 2000s, which they did. However, they didn’t feel good about it and ended up returning the money to the studios. Here’s what Emmerich said when asked about it:
“It was after 9/11 and Dean and I wanted to make the movie about peace, and it just didn’t work. There’s still an element of that in the new one, but that version was only about that. We shoot aliens down accidentally and then at the end of the movie they land on the White House lawn and say “we come in peace” and that was it. It was just too weak an idea and we didn’t really want to do it. It didn’t have an Independence Day feel. Only the alien ship was destroyed!”
And when asked about the possibility of more Independence Day sequels, here’s how he replied:
“If it’s successful enough, yes, because it’s set up for a sequel. In 20 years? No, I wouldn’t want to make it with a Zimmer frame!”
For those who don’t get the “Zimmer frame” reference (full disclosure, I had to look it up), it has nothing to do with legendary film score composer Hans Zimmer, but rather is a term for a walker, referring to Zimmer Holdings, a large manufacturer, and designer of walkers.
Be sure to check out the full interview, as Emmerich shares other interesting details about Independence Day: Resurgence, and his career in general.
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