The '90s Live! 'Cliffhanger' and 'Stargate' Will Be Rebooted, and One Is Getting a Trilogy

The '90s Live! 'Cliffhanger' and 'Stargate' Will Be Rebooted, and One Is Getting a Trilogy

May 30, 2014


The early 1990s produced a plethora of great action movies, and two more of them are getting the reboot treatment. First up is Cliffhanger (1993), which features one of the all-time most awesome and frightening opening scenes -- remember the inexperienced lady mountain climber, who is left hanging by a glove as Sylvester Stallone makes a desperate attempt to rescue her? (The next sequence, featuring a shocking theft at 30,000 feet and a plane-to-plane transfer, is pretty incredible, too.)

The balance of the movie follows the traumatized Stallone as he is pressed back into service by a deadly gang of thieves, led by a ruthless John Lithgow, in order to locate millions of dollars in cash in the Rocky Mountains. It's a nasty, jam-packed action movie directed by Renny Harlin and scripted in part by Stallone himself. The remake rights have passed on to veteran producer Neal Moritz (the Fast and Furious franchise, among many others), according to Deadline; word is that Moritz really liked a pitch from newcomer Joe Gazzam and has hired him to write a screenplay for a "reimagining."

The original benefited immensely from Stallone's star power, Lithgow's juicy turn as the vicious villain, Harlin's stylish direction, and the glories of the Italian Alps (standing in for Colorado), where the movie was filmed. That's a unique formula which is probably impossible to duplicate, so a reboot or "reimagining" makes more sense than a straight remake.


We just heard that the long-awaited sequel to Independence Day is moving forward with a new writer, and now another '90s sci-fi movie directed by Roland Emmerich is getting new life. Stargate, the slightly goofy yet beloved and exciting teleportation-Egyptian-alien adventure that starred Kurt Russell and James Spader, will be rebooted, and is envisioned as the first in a new trilogy of films, according to The Wrap.

What's quite unusual is that Emmerich will direct the reboot himself. He cowrote and coproduced the original with Dean Devlin, who will produce the new project. Having the original creative team so actively involved with the prospective trilogy is (potentially) a huge advantage, since their serio-comic tone helped make the original stand out.

The 1994 original spawned a television series, Stargate SG-1, that ran for three seasons, as well as two direct-to-video movies and three more series: Stargate Infinity, Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe. Both Emmerich and Devlin are involved with other projects at the moment, and no timetable has been established for when we might expect to see the rebooted Stargate.


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