stargate remakeWhen director Roland Emmerich and writer/producer Dean Devlin announced last month that they were remaking their 1994 hit movie "Stargate," well ... we were a little baffled.

Why would the duo reboot their own movie, rather than make sequels? Especially since the film spawned a number of popular television series ("Stargate SG-1," "Stargate Atlantis," and "Stargate Universe")? And also in light of the fact that they are making actual sequels to their other mega-hit movie, "Independence Day"?

Now, we have the answer. As Devlin told the Portland Business Journal, he and Emmerich just wanted to start over. And they didn't want to have to deal with events from the TV series.

"We did the original 'Stargate' as an independent movie. It was a surprise success," he said.

"When the film came out, it was a hit and spawned TV shows. 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."

It's been 20 years since the original "Stargate," Devlin noted, and he and Emmerich didn't feel they could do part two of their original story.

(Apparently, it's easier to do a sequel for "Independence Day," but that property wasn't sullied by television.)

"We have to start over from the beginning," he said. "Let's reboot the series, put in all the things we couldn't the first time, and set it up properly."

We're going to guess that stars Kurt Russell and James Spader won't be reprising their roles.

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