Robert C. Cooper, one of the Stargate franchise’s most veteran writer/producers, is moving on. Cooper will leave Stargate next month, fellow SGU executive producer Joseph Mallozzi announced on his blog.
“I’m not leaving completely, actually — just stepping back to more of a consulting role for the end of this season,” Cooper told GateWorld. “However, my credit will remain Executive Producer. We’ve already developed most of Season Two and I feel very confident leaving the show in good hands.”
Cooper’s final contribution to the stalwart franchise will be a stage panel appearance at San Diego Comic-Con, promoting the second season of Stargate Universe (now in production). He also tells GateWorld that he’ll be writing one more episode for late Season Two.
That’s in addition to two other Cooper-written episodes still to watch: “Aftermath” will air in October, followed later this fall by “Malice.” The latter episode is both written and directed by Cooper.
Cooper first sat in the director’s chair for “Crusade,” the penultimate episode of Stargate SG-1‘s ninth season. He went on to both write and direct the SG-1 series finale, “Unending,” plus many of Atlantis‘s most memorable episodes: “Sateda,” “Doppelganger,” and “Vegas.” He also wrote and directed SGU‘s celebrated first season episode “Time.”
Long before that, Cooper got his start as a writer and script editor in the first season of Stargate SG-1, in 1997. He moved his way up the ranks to earn an executive producer credit, and was made show runner for the show’s eighth, ninth, and tenth seasons. In 2004 he created Stargate Atlantis with Brad Wright and helped give shape to the Pegasus Galaxy, then shepharded the Ori storyline in the final two seasons of SG-1.
Cooper directed SGU's "Time," often cited by fans as one of the show's best stories so far.
In 2009 he and Wright created a new and different take on the franchise, Stargate Universe.
It’s safe to say that Stargate would look very different without Cooper’s inestimable influence as a writer, a producer, and eventually a fan-favorite director. Behind the keyboard he has penned a vast number of classic episodes in the franchise’s 13-year, 16-season history. Just a few highlights include SG-1‘s “The Torment of Tantalus,” “The Fifth Race,” “Nemesis,” “Meridian,” “Full Circle,” “Heroes,” and “Threads;” Atlantis‘s “Runner” and those episodes above that he also directed; and the aforementioned episodes of SGU, in addition to co-writing the SGU and Atlantis premieres.
Stay tuned to GateWorld for more exclusive comments straight from Rob Cooper on his decision to step back from the show, and just what his responsibilities will be for the remainder of Season Two’s production.
We’d like to thank Rob Cooper for his part in more than a decade of great television, and wish him Godspeed in his next endeavor!
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