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Wright discusses third SG-1 movie

Monday - January 5, 2009
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As if launching Stargate Universe this summer wasn’t enough work, Stargate SG-1 co-creator Brad Wright is also working on the next SG-1 movie. In a new Q&A with fans at Atlantis executive producer Joseph Mallozzi’s blog, Wright shared some news on how the team’s third DVD outing is progressing.

The film is currently being written by Wright and former Stargate Atlantis writer-producer Carl Binder. There is no title yet. Long-time Stargate director and Stargate: Continuum helmer Martin Wood will direct the movie.

As previously revealed to GateWorld, Wright confirmed that the movie will focus on Jack O’Neill, played of course by former series lead Richard Dean Anderson. Though Anderson’s role in last summer’s Stargate: Continuum amounted to a guest appearance, it will be much more substantial in the next film. “The next movie will be much more Jack-centric,” Wright said.

The limited screen time for O’Neill in Continuum certainly was not Wright’s choice. “That’s all I could get him for,” he said. “He’ll be much more involved in the next one.”

But one SG-1 cast member who won’t be in the next movie is Claudia Black, whose character of Vala Mal Doran joined the team in the show’s tenth and final season after making a big impression in a series of guest appearances in Seasons Eight and Nine. “I thought Claudia was terrific in Continuum,” Wright told fans, “but Vala won’t be returning in the third movie.”

Wright has previously told GateWorld that, due to a variety of circumstances including the availability of former cast members who have moved on to other work, it’s unlikely that future SG-1 movies will include the entire cast of the television series. While fans of those characters will certainly mourn their absence, it does offer the writers the ability to spend more time servicing whichever characters are included.

All in all, 2008’s two direct-to-DVD Stargate films have proved successful for MGM — though they have not yet convinced the studio to pull out all the stops and commit to a big-budget theatrical film.

“The DVDs came out of a desire to prove we could make movies,” Wright said. “I think we surprised the studio with what we could do on a small budget, but not enough to let us make a big Stargate feature.”

Don’t miss the full Q&A with Brad Wright, now at Joseph Mallozzi’s blog, where he also answers questions on Stargate Universe (including the controversial casting notice), the cancellation of Atlantis, and his past work on The Outer Limits. The next SG-1 movie is expected to film this spring or summer, meaning a 2010 release is likely.

Darren created GateWorld in 1999, and today is the owner and managing editor. He lives in the Seattle area with his wife and three children. (More)

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  • It’s a shame that Vala won’t be in it, but guess you can’t have everything. Glad to hear it’s progressing and hopefully won’t be too late in 2010. Maybe there will be a link to the episode 2010?!

  • I’m so very happy that Richard Dean Anderson is going to have a big role to play in the third movie! It’s fantastic to have him back! “Stargate SG-1” was never the same when Jack O’Neill left SGC!

    I can understand TPTB’s difficulty in getting the whole cast back now they’ve moved on to other things but I would be very deeply disappointed if Amanda Tapping never appeared in a future movie BUT…first things first…at the moment I just want Sam to be in the third movie, reunited with Jack. That is a MUST! Samantha Carter is an essential part of SG-1 too and a movie that didn’t feature her wouldn’t be the same. I’m sure that Amanda and TPTB will do whatever they can to make it work so Sam can join in.

  • Thanks God no more Vala!! best news for SG1. More Jack and no Vala this sounds like it will be the best SG1 movie yet!

  • If Sam & Jack are not together that would really upset me. Jack is getting old, he needs some lovin’.

  • It’s a shame Vala won’t be in it, but I’m sure they explain it in a creative way… just like when Amanda Tapping was away having her baby they explained that quite well.

  • Hooray! I’m so excited! It’s so great that RDA is coming back! I am disappointed about Vala, but as long as the four original members of SG-1 are there, I’ll be okay! Can’t wait for some old school SG-1 and bring on the S/J confirmation!

  • Yes!!! Jack is back! Hopefully all four will be back. Vala was nice, but I prefer the original.

  • I am very disappointed that Vala will not be in the third movie I am not really into Jack,I think Jack is all done and has been for awhile now I will not buy this movie I may rent it but I will not waste my money on something that is dwelling on the past and it seems like Brad Wright is dwelling on the past. The only reason I would buy is if Michael Shanks have a big part and I think it is all about Jack right now.

  • Its great to hear more about the third movie. Its great that Jack will be playing a bigger part than in continuum. Although when saying ‘Jack centric’ I hope that doesn’t mean it will all be about Jack with the others only have bit parts. I hope the film will feature all characters fairly equaly.
    Shame that Claudia will not be in it, hopefully she will feature in future films.

  • I was never a big Vala fan, in fact stopped watching after her introduction to the show, but for those fans who do like her, it’s a shame she’s not going to be in the movie.

  • I am very happy they are making a new SG-1 movie but sad that Claudia Black won’t be in it.

  • Claudia Black brought humor to the show that was lacking a bit since Richard Anderson left.

  • I know some of the ‘fans’ like Jack but seriously, he left the show 4 years ago.. let him retire. Vala was the only good character in the last 2 years. Jack is far too old to be convincing on-screen as anything but a pensioner. Its odd that with ‘Universe’ getting green-lighted as a younger show targetted at teens, they’re trying to keep dinosaurs alive when they stopped being entertaining 5 years ago. If they’d just changed Jack for Cam straight away, they might have kept the series alive.

  • Yay! Old-school SG-1….. love it. I like Mitchell okay, but I could have done without Vala. (or at least, not so much of her.)

    And what’s with this posting system? My name/password for the Forums doesn’t work here…. you have to create ANOTHER name & password. What the heck’s up with that?

  • This movie sounds great. I’m super excited to see a movie focused on the original SG-1. I sort of hope that Cam isn’t in the movie too. I think it would be awkward to have him there with the original team.

  • I think it’s a great idea to put Jack front in center. Maybe it will be like the good old days. Too bad about Vala, I really like her. But we lived without her for almost 8 years, so it’s not like we were too attached…she probably got shafted so they could pay RDA’s fee.

  • yay for more jack! :D

    i’m super hoping that sam’s in the movie too, and i’m also super hoping we’ll *finally* get to see that sam and jack got together!!! :D

  • I like the idea of more Jack, and hope the other original members can take part. I can’t say that I’ll horribly miss VALA, however, I do agree with BW that QETESH was wonderful in Continuum.
    I would have loved to have seen more Qetesh, the independent character, than Vala – Daniel’s girlfriend and comic relief.
    Just, please, no Ba’al’s…none, at all :)

  • Well now I am torn. I love Claudia Black because she is such a great actress – comedy and drama.

    But I do wish we could get the original foursome back together on a mission. I do miss Jack’s banter and snarkiness. But I hope it is not just half the movie – he needs to be there from start to finish.

  • I like RDA but please a whole movie focused on him, it’ll be like the last Indiana Jones movie, slow, boring and stupid. He’s to old to be an action star.

    Vala is part of SG1!!!! If she’s unable to do the next movie due to prior comments it’s one thing, but if it’s because Brad doesn’t like her character, THAT’S JUST SO WRONG!

    How about we stick with the team as is now? Sam, Mitchell, Daniel, Teal’c, and VALA

  • All right…this is pretty cool. Just one question, that I’ll probably bring up in the forums too…is it legal for them to make a big-screen SG-1 movie? Thought there was some legal issue with the first movie and Kurt Russel or something. Maybe I’m wrong.

    Anyway…glad to see more Jack! Hate to see Vala gone, she was funny. But…who else wont be there? Sam? Daniel? Then it’ll be Jack and Teal’c! lol…

  • i really look forward on having Jack on the third
    too bad Vala can’t join the riot… *sigh*

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