Stargate Film Overview


Introduction

Stargate (Stylised as STARGᐰTE) is a science fiction media franchise based on the film written by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich.

The franchise is based on the idea of an alien Einstein–Rosen bridge device (the Stargate) that enables nearly instantaneous travel across the cosmos.

The franchise began with the film Stargate, released on 28 October 1994, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Carolco, which grossed US$197 million worldwide.

In 1997, Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner created a television series titled Stargate SG-1 as a sequel to the film. This show was joined by Stargate Atlantis in 2004, Stargate Universe in 2009, and a prequel web series, Stargate Origins, in 2018.

Also consistent with the same story are a variety of books, video games and comic books, as well as the direct-to-DVD movies Stargate: Children of the Gods, Stargate: The Ark of Truth, and Stargate: Continuum, which concluded the first television show after 10 seasons.

In 2011, Stargate Universe, the last Stargate programme on television, ended its run. Brad Wright announced that there were no more plans to continue the same story in further productions.

In 2016, comic publisher American Mythology acquired the rights to publish new Stargate Atlantis stories set within the established franchise canon. This was expanded in 2017 to include new Stargate Universe comics as well, resolving the cliffhanger that ended the show.

The predominant story arc thus ran for more than 15 years, including 18 seasons (364 episodes) of programming, and 22 comic book issues as of January 2020. However, a variety of other media either ignore this main continuity or resets it, while maintaining essential elements that define the franchise (mainly, the inclusion of a Stargate device). These include the 2002 animated series Stargate Infinity.

In 2017, the franchise was revived with the announcement of a new prequel web series, Stargate Origins. Episodes premiered on a central “fan hub” for the franchise called Stargate Command, with a first season of ten 10-minute episodes.

Stargate Films

  • Stargate (1994).
    • In 1994, the military science fiction feature film Stargate was released, directed by Roland Emmerich and co-written by Emmerich and Dean Devlin.
    • The film lays the foundation for all the Stargate productions that come after it, by explaining the notion, function, and history of the Stargate.
  • Stargate: The Ark of Truth (2008).
    • Stargate: The Ark of Truth is a direct-to-DVD movie written and directed by Robert C. Cooper.
    • The film is the conclusion of Stargate SG-1’s Ori arc, and picks up after the SG-1 series finale, but takes place before the fourth season of Stargate Atlantis.
    • The Ark of Truth was released as a Region 1 DVD release on 11 March 2008. Sky One has broadcast the film on 24 March 2008, to be followed by the Region 2 DVD release on 28 April 2008, with the Region 4 DVD release on 09 April 2008.
  • Stargate: Continuum (2008).
    • Stargate: Continuum is a direct-to-DVD movie written by Brad Wright and directed by Martin Wood.
    • Some scenes for this movie were already shot at the end of March 2007, but the original start date was set for 22 May at Vancouver’s Bridge Studios.
    • The production budget was $7 million.
    • The movie was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on 29 July 2008.
    • The Region 4 DVD was released on 06 August 2008 with the Region 2 DVD released on 18 August 2008; followed by possible TV broadcasts.
    • The film is a time-travel adventure and is the second sequel to Stargate SG-1, after Stargate: The Ark of Truth.
  • Stargate Children of the Gods (2009).
    • Stargate: Children of the Gods is a direct-to-DVD movie written by Jonathan Glassner and Brad Wright and directed by Mario Azzopardi.
    • The Stargate SG-1 pilot episode was re-cut as a third Stargate SG-1 direct-to-DVD special and released on 21 July 2009 in 16:9 widescreen format.
    • A few months before its release, executive producer Brad Wright announced it was to have with brand new visual effects and scenes not previously included in the television version.
    • The beginning was to be slightly altered, a new scene added, and the nudity scene taken out to make this episode suitable for children, with the final movie roughly seven minutes shorter than the original episode.
  • Stargate: Base Gamma (2017).
    • Fan Film.
    • Base Gamma is a french fan film based on SG-1 and released in 2017 involving 60 people and produced over 8 years.
  • Stargate SG-17: Compris (2009).
    • Is a French trilogy fan film started in 2007.
    • SG-17 & SG-19 have to meet a Tok’ra who has some important information about the Goa’uld Great Masters.
  • Stargate SG-17: Faux Semblant (2011).
    • To set up the intergalactic bridge between Earth and the Pegasus Galaxy, the Odyssey drops several SG teams on different planets in order to inventory Stargates.

You can find a full index of the Stargate Franchise here, whilst clicking on the following links for films, TV Series, and documentaries.

Future Films

Devlin and Emmerich always envisioned Stargate as the first part of a trilogy of films, but Parts 2 and 3 were never developed.

At Comic-Con 2006, twelve years after the original film was released, Devlin stated that he was in early discussions with rights-holders MGM about finally bringing the final two parts to the screen.

Cancelled Film Sequels

According to Devlin, the second film is intended to be set around twelve years after the original, with Jackson making a discovery that leads him back to Earth and to the uncovering of a new Stargate.

The second entry would supposedly use a different mythology from the Egyptian one which formed the background to the original film, with the third installent tying these together to reveal that “all mythologies are actually tied together with a common thread that we haven’t recognised before.”

Devlin stated that he hoped to enlist original stars Kurt Russell (Colonel Jack O’Neil) and James Spader (Doctor Daniel Jackson) for the sequels. The actors have reportedly expressed an interest in participating in the project.

The film trilogy would not directly tie into the series Stargate SG-1.

According to Devlin, the relationship between the movie and the series is “we would just continue the mythology of the movie and finish that out. I think the series could still live on at the end of the third sequel. So we’re going to try to not tread on their stories.”

Plans for sequels to the original film are unrelated to the development of straight-to-DVD films made as sequels to Stargate SG-1.

Production & Filming Details

  • Creator(s): Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich.
  • Original Work: Stargate (1994).
  • Owner: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM).
  • Release Date: 28 October 1994 (original film).
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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