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Amanda Tapping has been approached about a new Stargate series

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It’s been around eight months since we last heard an update on a planned new revival of the Stargate TV franchise, and it wasn’t much of an update to begin with. At the time Stargate franchise co-creator Brad Wright just revealed that while the COVID-19 pandemic had put a damper on things, his intended pitch was “progressing”. He also confirmed that if the show moved from just pitch to reality, we would be “seeing quite a few familiar faces.” And now we know who one of those familiar faces could be.

Speaking to The Companion in a live interview (via SyFy), Amanda Tapping has revealed that she’s been approached to participate in the new show. Tapping famously played the fan-favourite role of USAF Colonel/astrophysics engineer Samantha Carter throughout Stargate SG-1’s ten seasons – during which she went from second-in-command of the SG-1 team to leading it – as well as in numerous episodes of Stargate: Atlantis and Stargate Universe. She also made her directorial debut when stepped behind the camera for the season seven episode “Resurrection”. Since the end of the Stargate franchise, Tapping has established a solid career as a TV director with the occasional acting gig, and Wright would seemingly want her to do do both again.

I talked to Brad Wright about it and certainly MGM at one point were very interested. I said to Brad ‘What do you want me to do on the show?’ And he said, ‘Well, I want you to be in it and I want you to direct it.’ Perfect, thank you!

Wright had previously stated that the new show would not be a reboot, but follow-on from SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis, and Stargate Universe and possibly even “open the door to answering all of the franchise’s outstanding questions”. But while it would be picking up the baton of what came before, Tapping revealed that she wants a new team to be the focus… as long as we get to check in on how far the ever-ambitious Sam Carter has advanced in life.

I think it’s time for a new generation but I’d love to have a part in it, for sure. I’d love to see what Carter’s up to now… General Carter. I remember when I became ‘full bird’ colonel, I was like ‘Oh man, this is great,’ but now I want to be brigadier general.

Honestly, as much as I am a huge fan of Tapping’s Carter and would love to see her back in the role, I just want a new Stargate show damn it. Just make it happen! Hopefully, Tapping being approached means that there’s some additional movement on Wright’s pitch and we’ll get some kind of concrete update in the near future.

Last Updated: May 13, 2021

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  1. Just to clarify, this doesn’t mean there will be a new series or one is being worked on, even in very early pre-production. It was just her saying she has talked to people and would be interested. Just mentioning this as she even tweeted again there is no show, cause people are getting all excited (rightly so).

    Hopefully though this shows MGM that people are seriously interested in new Star Gate. Whenever people start freaking out about a new series like this only cause the actor said they would definitely be interested, then you know you have a fandom that is starved for new content.

    And the actors and Brad Wright have pretty much always been onboard for new stuff. The problem is with the studio. Can’t really understand how they can ignore SG when it’s probably the second biggest TV space scifi show of all time. I’d say space and scifi is probably bigger now than ever. But I wonder if they looked at the other new Star shows/movies that haven’t really done as well as people would have hoped.

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    • Kervyn Cloete

      May 13, 2021 at 09:22

      Yes, there’s no show now. Based on what Wright updated in the past though, the wheels are turning. Or should that rather be “the rings are turning”?

      CHEVRON LOCKED AND ENCODED!

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      • MaSeKind

        May 13, 2021 at 10:09

        Yeah I know he’s been talking and hinting for years at doing something. I suspect the studio didn’t want to do someting big, but they know it’s a popular IP so they made that Origins crap which is more like fanfiction than anything else. And that not being received so well might have an affect on anything new. Although if they were using that to judge interest they just shot themselves in the foot.

        Guess it’s also because of what happened with Universe. I mostly enjoyed it. Wasn’t really old school Star Gate but if they stuck with it they could have done something great. Biggest mistake they made was getting rid of the humour. I doubt even SG1 would have been nearly as succesful if MacGuyver didn’t insist on bringing in humour. And it worked great in Atlantis as well.

        Lets hope we see Gary Jones do the countdown at least one more time! (For some reason I’ve always called him by his actual name, and not Walter, his character name)

        (Sorry I could talk about SG forever; some people are Trekkies, I’m a Gatey lol)

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        • HvR

          May 13, 2021 at 12:02

          Still pissed about SGU, finally fixed the show and pacing and the SyFy decided nah you guys rather want to watch some wrestling.

          Also so much want to see what is going on Earth now that Atlantis is effectively a suburbs of San Francisco; there will probably not be enough budget to get Ronin back in the cast of a new series.

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  2. Revan Twofivesevenfour

    May 13, 2021 at 10:04

    With Carter’s promotion rate is the series I say she should already be a Brigadier General now and be ready for the promotion to Major General. Preferably to take over Home World Security/Command from Hank Landry.

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    • MaSeKind

      May 13, 2021 at 10:20

      Yep I believe at least one of the ideas is to have her be Brigadier General or higher up and in charge of SG Command. She wasn’t bad when she was in charge of Atlantis, and I’m glad she actually took part in some of the missions as she’s not a “suit” who just commands from her office. And she needs to be playing around with Naquadah reactors and stuff.

      I just hope they can find a way for her to be in charge but still be a big part of the team and what is going on. I guess it’s difficult, I just don’t see Sam Carter giving up on being a scientist and techy

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      • Revan Twofivesevenfour

        May 13, 2021 at 13:10

        That would be the benefit of being in command of the SGC that there is more time on the base for her to ‘play’ in her lab. Becoming the Head of Homeworld would allow her to travel to area 51 and Atlantis as well.

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  3. For the Emperor!

    May 13, 2021 at 10:33

    Carter to lead the SGC!!! Or something big like that!

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