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Stargate Reboot Trilogy On the Way? Yes Please.

Approach your Stargate and start dialing the address to FUN! Yes. I said that.

According to Digital Spy, director Ronald Emmerich, creator of Stargate, says that he wants to reboot the movie with a film trilogy! Emmerich has already approached MGM with the sequel and will soon be looking for a writer and start fulfilling some loyal fans’ dreams in extending the Stargate universe!

gaters gonna gate Stargate

james spader kurt russell stargateThe previous cast members of the original Stargate movie, Kurt Russell (Big Trouble in Little China, Tango & Cash) and James Spader (Sex, Lies & Videotape, Lincoln) will not be joining the cast in the reboot trilogy because, as Emmerich explained, the actors look completely different and “it would not look right”. Agreed! Especially considering it has been almost 20 years since the initial film offering.

But that is not the only reason I would not choose Russell and Spader to play two of the coolest sci-fi characters ever, Dr. Daniel Jackson and Col. Jack O’Neil. In the TV series that followed the original movie, Stargate SG-1, these roles are played by Richard Dean Anderson (O’Neil) and Michael Shanks (Jackson).

I would say that I am a big fan of this particular series. Although there were other spinoffs such as Stargate Atlantis & Stargate Universe, as well as film releases Stargate: the Ark of Truth, Stargate: Continuum, and the animated series Stargate Infinity, SG-1 lasted the longest with 10 seasons.

If the reboot is going to include a movie trilogy, one major question I have is who would play these two? Or are the characters going to be from another one of the spinoff series? I would assume that the characters will be the same as the original movie. So who is going to fill the shoes of freakin’ MacGyver?!

richard dean anderson

Richard Dean Anderson is now 63 years old, leaving his reprising of the role very unlikely. Michael Shanks, however, is only 43 years old and is still… I’m sorry but I have to… incredibly sexy. I vote him!

Here is Shanks as Hockey legend Gordie Howe in a Bio-Pic on the Hall of Famer from CBC earlier this year.
Shanks as Hockey legend Gordie Howe in a Bio-Pic on the Hall of Famer from CBC earlier this year.

If you have any great ideas about who should play O’Neil and Jackson, feel free to comment below! We will keep you updated as more information is revealed.

The ID4 Sequel Won’t Get Jiggy Wit It, Goldblum and Pullman Celebrate More Screen Time

Since we are on the eve of the Roland Emmerich release of White House Down/Olympus Has Fallen 2.0/Die Hard 5.2/White House Explodes Yet Again, however you want to call the movie, it’s ample time to address the ID4 sequel. The director has been getting questions about the sequel and who’s coming back, who’s not, and the major news has come out: Will Smith will NOT be return to defend planet Earf.

According to Emmerich via the Hollywood Reporter, Will Smith won’t be coming back for the sequels ID Forever Part I and Part II (get it, ID FORever, that’s so 2 Fast 2 Furious) and not because After Earth crapped its pants commercially and critically (seriously, why do a movie where Will Smith has to dial his charisma from a 10 back down to a 2), but because he’s too big. That’s right, he priced himself out of the action movie franchise that made him. According to Emmerich, the story concentrates on the younger generation that must learn to defend themselves from the alien reinforcements that come back to conquer Earth. Of course, that meant a concentration of younger (read: cheaper) stars for the movie so having Will Smith for a smaller role apparently meant the money wasn’t worth it to overshadow whoever else decided to come aboard. Which is understandable, and Will Smith wouldn’t agree to a smaller role most likely, seeing as he’s pretty picky about his roles, as evidenced with the Django Unchained casting of Jamie Foxx. Regardless, Emmerich decided that he’s too much of a marquee name and it would be “too much”. Yes, because Roland Emmerich movies are usually defined by their subtlety.

However, who will be coming back is your favorite bicycle-riding, computer tech guy know-it-all, Jeff Goldblum and terrific speech giver and fighter pilot President Bill Pullman. According to Vulture, these dudes will be making a return because they need to cover rent. That and I imagine if that if my President was one of the fighter pilots that brought down one of the ships, he deserves a mention in the next few movies. That and I’m sure Goldblum will have some sort of speech about the environment and nuclear deterrents that will provide a subtle message about mistreating planet Earth. Or they just bridge the 20 year gap between the sequels. Who knows. It would be interesting if they bring back Mae Whitman (her?) to reprise her role as the President’s daughter. Heck, just bring back Adam Baldwin and I’d be perfectly content with that.

Regardless, this sequel is coming and I’m sure we’ll see more fun stuff get destroyed. Although I guess since the aliens destroyed everything the first time around, we’ll just have to wait and see on July 3rd, 2015 if they get to destroy the recreations of major landmarks. Just because it’s starting to get really redundant in seeing the White House destroyed over and over again… Bonus though, courtesy of YouTube user CinemaSins, you can experience ID4 all over again…now with glaring errors and commentary!