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Producers ‘haven’t given up’ on finishing SGU‘s story

Thursday - December 23, 2010
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The producers of Stargate Universe still hope to finish out the story that they started — one way or another.  Series co-creator Brad Wright has made his first public comments on Syfy’s cancellation of the series (story), stating that they have not given up yet.

“We haven’t given up on finishing the story we started,” Wright told Show Patrol. He told the site that he and executives at MGM — the studio that owns the Stargate franchise — are currently exploring several options for continuing the series in some form.

Wright heard about the cancellation news while he was on a trip, according to the site. He and several members of the SGU cast were reportedly at sea (and incommunicado) on board an aircraft carrier when broke the story one week ago, citing a Syfy announcement.

The cancellation was quickly confirmed via Syfy’s Twitter account, after which it became evident that at least some of the show’s cast hadn’t been informed by the producers yet (story).

Wright said that, in spite of the bad news, he was encouraged to return to find that many people were upset by it. “It’s heartening to see so many people upset about Syfy’s cancellation of the show,” he said, “but it’s important to remember that their license fee represented only a portion of our total budget.”

Brad Wright

SGU is also licensed internationally, and supported by online and DVD sales. MGM announced this week that its bankruptcy restructuring is now complete, and that the studio has secured $500 million in financing to kick-start its film and television productions — some of which may likely go into keeping the Stargate franchise alive.

Executive producer Joseph Mallozzi also commented at his blog on the current state of Stargate Universe’s future:  “Obviously, it doesn’t look good,” he said.  “But is this the end?  Well, the Syfy cancellation makes it very long odds that we’ll be producing a third season next year.  But is this the end? … The honest answer is: I don’t know.

“No, that’s not entirely true.  The truth is I do know some — but only enough to say it doesn’t look good and it’s very log odds we’ll be producing a third season next year — yet still only enough to say I can’t say this is definitely the end.  At least for now.”

Just what Universe‘s odds are for finishing up its major storyline — and whether this might take the form of a third season on another network, a DVD movie or two, or something completely different — remains to be seen.

Read the full story now at Show Patrol, and stick with GateWorld for the latest! The final episodes of Stargate Universe air this spring on Syfy in the United States.

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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  • Well isn’t this a nice Christmas present?


    Merry Christmas to all!

  • Yay, we have some hope now…I wonder if “Hope” will be the name of one of the episodes to come.

  • MGM will hopefully use this money to film the SG-1 and SGA movies that we’ve all been waiting for!

  • It amazes me how one channel can have such power over the future of one show maybe you could approach Sky or someone like that. I was just getting into the story it was coming together nicely. Loved it.

  • Hopefully we can get both the SG-1 and SGA movies, along with SGU’s third season on a different channel.

    @General Jumper One Maybe Hope will be the episode SGU’s ratings spike to 3 million. :o

  • Imagine this!

    Stargate: UK

    I like L&O: UK. Maybe Jaime Barber could do double duty. Just a thought.

    Good eggnog!

  • The SGU story will probably continue in books or audiobooks, which is a shame since it is a very visual part of the Stargate lorE.

  • Please learn from your mistakes. Fans want SG-1, SGA or something new in the typical stargate style. Otherwise it won’t be watched again…

  • I really hope that if they do it in film format, it supersedes the SGA or SG1 films – at least those two have stories which are wrapped up. SGU’s situation is currently like being part way through the last ever copy of a book, and then someone coming up and ripping it out of your hands, and burning it.

    (Plus it would greatly irritate the people who have been constantly flooding any SGU news story with negative comments (regardless of what the stroies are about) too, which would always be a plus! ;))

  • just make a movie to finish it off. no books or comics please. i want to WATCH it.

  • maybe a subscription channel for sg only on the Internet.. and DVD… let the sci-fi (bogus syfy) channel rot … there needs to be a real sci-fi network that actually cares about it’s fans…. sG franchis eis a cash cow, and there must be more than enough investors that will back it up…

  • Well this is potentially great news to get this Christmas Eve! Fingers crossed!

  • I’ll take anything I can get from the franchise. Even if they move it to a premium channel I’ll be signing up.

  • I am delighted to see that Bred and team won’t give up without a fight. We don’t know details yet, but something what Bred said made me curious:
    ““It’s heartening to see so many people upset about Syfy’s cancellation of the show,” he said, “but it’s important to remember that their license fee represented only a portion of our total budget.””

    Does that mean that SyFy didn’t paid for all production costs and actually they need to find a replacement only for part of it? I didn’t know that.

    Also it is interesting that Joseph in blog entry linked above mentions that there is quite a hope to bring team back on studio. It seems that there is a hope. Yes, hope can fail us, but hope also can be fulfilled. So let’s hope for the best.

  • If Syfy’s fee represented only a portion, couldn’t they continue producing the show for the syndicated market?

    I’d hate to see this end up on a crappy comic or novel. I want live action, I want actors, I want SFX, not drawings or words on a piece of paper. That’s not Stargate,.

  • I’m hoping for AMC. It’s the only channel out there that gets it. I mean, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Walking Dead… All shows that nobody wanted, and look at those shows now. Some of the best TV out there.

  • As successful as Walking Dead has been, on more than one occasion reviewers have pointed out that it doesn’t have a big budget due to being on AMC, so AMC may not be able to afford something like Stargate SGU.

    Starz may not be able to afford it either. As good as Spartacus is and looks, it does rely far too much on green screen. I doubt we’d enjoy seeing green screen replace location shooting when they go to other planets.

  • Is it too corny to say “the ship on SGU was called Destiny for a reason”?

    I really hope they get the chance to finish the SGU story. I don’t mind it ending, just as long as it ends with a conclusion, not a cliffhanger.

  • I’m sure the season will end on a cliffhanger, most likely the Lucian Alliance’s attack on Earth.

    If Atlantis is still on Earth, would they use it to defend the planet, thus leading to a full-blown crossover on season 3?

  • Perhaps if there were cousins who married on the show, or a special NASCAR episode, something SyFy’s new audience could relate to?

    I’m enjoying it, I’d love to see it finish. I’d love to see the franchise move to a channel where the average viewer has a family tree which forks. Fine with me.

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