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Development on a new Stargate TV series is “progressing”, could resolve franchise cliffhangers

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When it comes to Hollywood sci-franchise there’s a Holy Trinity of Stars: Star Wars, Star Trek, and Stargate. The first two have seen significant resurgences over the last few years (even if you may not like the directions they went in) but in the case of Stargate, other than a short prequel web-series, it has been left floundering. Given the franchise’s long term popularity, this is a rather puzzling omission.

Filmmakers Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin – who created Stargate with their 1994 surprise hit blockbuster before it spun off onto the small-screen with Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, and Stargate Universe – were set to reboot the franchise with a new feature film. However, those plans fell apart after Independence Day: Resurgence bombed hard. So what is happening now? Well, something, it seems.

Back in January 2019, Stargate SG-1 co-creator Brad Wright teased that he was working on a pitch he wanted to take to rights owners MGM that “may or may not” revive the franchise. Nothing else was heard after that. But Gateworld picked up on some chatter when Wright’s co-producer Joseph Mallozzi popped up in a Reddit thread about Stargate Universe. That series ended on a huge cliffhanger when it was cancelled after two seasons, and when a Redditor expressed dismay at the unresolved storyline, Mallozzi responded to say that “If Brad Wright gets the fourth series off the ground (and things are progressing on that front), you’ll get your answers.”

It’s the “things are progressing” bit that caught attention as everybody had assumed Wright’s efforts were dead. Mallozzi responded to more queries in the thread, explaining that no pilot had been shot yet, but if it was picked up, we would only hear for sure in late 2021 at the earliest. Yes, that is still a way off, but at least now there’s hope! And it’s a proper hope as when Mallozzi was asked how far along things were in the development process, he explained that five chevrons had been locked, referring to the titular Stargate’s original seven chevron dialling sequence so familiar to fans. Five out of seven is actually pretty great progress!

Continuing further, Mallozzi also confirmed that this new show would not be a small web series again, but a bigger sized production with a budget on par with Stargate Universe and that it “would open the door to answering all of the franchise’s outstanding questions”. As for what this show would be about? Well, it definitely won’t be a do-over reboot as Mallozzi also revealed on Twitter that “If the new #Stargate series [Brad Wright] is working on gets off the ground, we’ll be seeing quite a few familiar faces.”

There’s no word on who those faces would be, but after Stargate Universe had originally been cancelled, Wright had floated the idea of tying up loose ends with a crossover movie that pulled characters from all Stargate series. Maybe that idea has now been spun into a TV series of its own? I would certainly be down to see how that played out. Hell, can you imagine if they get Jason Momoa back to reprise his role as Ronan Dex from Atlantis? Even if that was not the case though, I JUST WANT MORE STARGATE!

Last Updated: September 16, 2020

11 Comments

  1. “I JUST WANT MORE STARGATE” – 100% agreed! If Momoa could at least do a few small cameos it would be awesome!

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  2. Alien Emperor Trevor

    September 16, 2020 at 15:38

    I was sad when they cancelled Universe, was really enjoying it.

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    • Kervyn Cloete

      September 16, 2020 at 16:08

      Yeah, it was really hitting its stride. “Time” is still one of my favourite episodes of any sci-fi series ever.

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      • Mandalorian Jim

        January 13, 2021 at 04:54

        And that final episode… man.. it broke me.

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  3. Grid10ck

    September 16, 2020 at 19:10

    Hated that Universe never answered the Atlantis question, as for universe never could bring myself to finish reading the season 3 comics. It just wasn’t the same.

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  4. Daudi É Cinza

    November 29, 2020 at 01:08

    I really feel that this show and journeyman represent intelligent middle class people waking up to temporal scifi theories – which means that alert people with resources would be looking harder at the misinformation about quantum teleportation of information as well as the real facts behind dr mallette dropping out of mainstream media. The powers that be can’t have solid people involved in the documentation process. So scifi shows like the SGU and Journey man get cancelled because they are too smart attracting a smart audience that doesnt loose track of related facts

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  5. Jay Xan

    January 12, 2021 at 21:56

    If they reboot this these stargate fanboys better not fuck the series up like they did with SGU. They finally build a mature Stargate plot that had a super interesting story and because there was a kissing scene in the beginning it caused a shitload of drama, and there wasnt enough pew pew so people abandoned it.

    I think because of that we may never know the origin of the universe (Where the plot of SGU was going) and we’ll get some more pew pew between some undead and goaulds. I’m over those two species.

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    • HvR

      January 13, 2021 at 03:08

      Talking about Origins, recently watched the SG Origins episodes that was compiled into a single movie on Showmax.

      Now if you want to talk about fuck up, no attempt in anyway to connect it within the canon of SG and the acting was about on the level of your typical high school play.

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      • Mandalorian Jim

        January 13, 2021 at 04:36

        Yeah, that webseries was a joke. I watched a few episodes and noped out. It was utter trash. It’s almost as if they keep on hiring writers and showrunners who either never watched the original movies or the orginal series, and come in with their own set ideas of what THEY think it should be about – forgetting that what makes a franchise is the history, the lore, the fanbase.

        It’s good to want to try new things, but you have to work within the confines of the universe that already exists. You have to follow its rules, and not piss all over it. That’s just a sign of hubris and super-dickassery.

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        • Mandalorian Jim

          January 13, 2021 at 04:38

          Take Batman as an example: you’re not going to create a new Batman movie and make him a gay Chinese guy who owns a small bookshop in Hong Kong, when out of the blue he decides to become the Bat-man… the greatest Chinese culinary expert to have ever existed!

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