Andy Mikita has been tapped to bring the first Atlantis movie to life. GateWorld recently caught up with the long-time Stargate director to discuss the assignment and Atlantis‘s cancellation.
“It was Paul Mullie who had originally mentioned to me they were still uncertain as to whether or not there was going to be a Season Six of Atlantis,” Mikita told us. “At that time even when it was up in the air he knew that they were going to be writing a long form.
“Whether that long form was going to take the shape of episode one and episode two of Season Six, or if the show was to get cancelled then as a direct-to-DVD film like Continuum and Ark of Truth, he would very-much like me to be the guy to hold the reins for an Atlantis movie.
“So that was a very exciting opportunity that he’s presented to me and I’m super excited to be able to do that.”
Very little information has been released about the upcoming film, and Mikita admits he’s almost as much in the dark as the fans. “I can’t wait to see or hear of any news about it,” he said. “I haven’t seen any kind of a script at this point. I think the guys are still at the outline stage. There’s not even a working title to my knowledge.
“At the last I’d heard it was outline stage. Perhaps during the holidays here the guys have actually been starting to write. I’m not too sure, to be honest with you. All I can say is I cannot wait to have a look at it. It’s so exciting for me because it allows me to keep my life with Atlantis alive.”
Many fans have been very vocal about losing Atlantis, feeling like it has been exchanged for Universe, despite contrary comments from the producers. “I can understand and appreciate where they’re coming from,” he told us. “We were all saddened by the cancellation. There was no question about it. We were really starting to feel like it was really finding its legs.
“I know [in] a lot of the fan base there was a split amongst the fans somewhere really feeling the last couple of seasons were the strongest. But others I’d read they were feeling the other way, that it was going the other direction. So I suppose for that side of the camp perhaps it’s a good thing.”
Stay tuned for a special, two-part audio interview with Andy Mikita this weekend!