It was only a matter of time before Hollywood realized there were more sci-fi franchises than "Star Wars," "Star Trek," and "Blade Runner" to return to the big screen. A new feature film trilogy based on the hit 1994 film "Stargate" will be launched by MGM and Warner Bros., with the movie's original director and writer onboard.
According to Hollywood Reporter, "Roland Emmerich -- who directed and co-wrote the original film with Dean Devlin -- will direct and Devlin will produce."
MGM will run the production side of things, while Warner Bros. Pictures will oversee worldwide distribution.
The original "Stargate" film, starring Kurt Russell and James Spader, set opening box-office records and grossed almost $200 million worldwide. It also spawned many successful TV series spinoffs.
"Stargate SG-1" debuted in 1997, starring Richard Dean Anderson and Amanda Tapping. Then came "Stargate Atlantis" in 2004, starring Joe Flanigan and Torri Higginson. And finally, "Stargate Universe" in 2009, starring Robert Carlyle, David Blue, and Ming-Na Wen.
There were also two direct-to-DVD movies: "Stargate: The Ark of Truth" in 2008 and "Stargate: Continuum" also released in 2008.
In addition to the live-action series, the "Stargate Infinity" animated series premiered as part of 4Kids Entertainment's Saturday morning lineup on Fox in 2002.
No details have been announced about these new "Stargate" films and whether they will follow the previous movie and TV shows' cannon, or reboot the entire franchise. It's up to fans to speculate if we'll see a weathered Spader return as a wiser Dr. Daniel Jackson or if Russell's Colonel O'Neill will come out of retirement to step into the gate once more.