'Stargate' and 'Predator' Reveal Two Different Ways to Revive Classic Franchises

'Stargate' and 'Predator' Reveal Two Different Ways to Revive Classic Franchises

Jun 26, 2014

There’s an old saying that states there’s more than one way to skin a cat – and Hollywood appears set to learn this lesson when it comes to sequels and reboots if Shane Black and Dean Devlin have their way.

Black and Devlin have both been in the news recently because they’re involved with crafting new iterations of beloved franchises. The big news this week was that Black and Fred Dekker will team up for a new Predator movie. Meanwhile, Devlin continues to talk about reviving the Stargate franchise.

Updating old franchises is nothing new in Hollywood, but what’s interesting is that these two films are taking different approaches to how they’re returning to the screen.

Black recently revealed that those early Predator reboot reports were incorrect. Instead, this new film will be an “inventive sequel."

“Why start over, when you’ve all this rich mythology yet to mine?”  the Iron Man 3 filmmaker asked before adding that he can “really get behind inventive sequels."

We like this approach, because a) there’s no real need to reboot Predator in the first place, and b) because there is a lot of rich mythology there for creative types like Black and Dekker to explore. With this approach, we get a new story instead of a simple rehashing.

Meanwhile, Devlin is taking the opposite approach with Stargate, but with legitimate reasons.

The original Stargate was envisioned as the first film in a trilogy, but the studio decided that countless Stargate television shows was a better decision. Now, Devlin hopes to resurrect his original vision – and perhaps launch a new trilogy.

“Of all the projects I’ve ever done, Stargate is the only one from the beginning intended to be a trilogy. We always wanted to do parts two and three, but the thinking was they didn’t want to do anything other than the TV series. So literally for 20 years I’ve been chasing this project. Twenty years later, we can’t really do part two. We have to start over from the beginning. So let's reboot the series, put in all the things we couldn’t the first time, and set it up properly.”

So, Stargate appears to be getting a reboot – albeit one that could be quite different than the original film – with an eye toward bringing Devlin’s original vision to the screen.

What do you guys think? Are you more interested in reboots or inventive sequels when it comes to Hollywood reviving old franchises?

[via Collider and Blastr]

 

 

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