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SGU continuation, other movies dead — for now

Sunday - April 17, 2011

Don’t expect to see Stargate Universe — or any other part of the franchise — come blazing back on television or DVD.  At least not in the near future.

Stargate writer, executive producer and mastermind Brad Wright took the stage earlier today at Creation Entertainment’s Official Stargate Convention in Vancouver, British Columbia and proceeded to update and clear the air on the fate of the latest series, Stargate Universe.

“We just recently found out that the SGU movie is not going to happen,” Wright said during his stage panel today.  “It took too long.  We just couldn’t get it together in time, and the window has closed.  It’s actually sad for me, because after 17 years, I’m cleaning out my desk tomorrow morning.”

The capacity crowd at the Metrotown Hilton in Burnaby listened in silence, with some attendees visibly in tears, as Wright waxed reminiscently on the almost two decades worth of the franchise he’s had a hand in creating.

“It was a great ride and I felt really good about [SGU] and about Stargate in general,” Wright continued.  “When something’s been a part of your life for 15 years, it kind of takes you over.”

“There are moments I’m so proud of and remember with fondness.  I really enjoyed the last day of shooting ‘Unending’ [SG-1‘s series finale].  And I enjoyed every day on the set of Stargate Continuum.  I’m very paternal and I love watching people become great at their jobs.  I’m so proud of the pier scene [in Atlantis‘ Season Five episode ‘The Shrine’].  Joe [Flanigan] was so powerful in those scenes.”

Wright also confirmed that the proposed Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis movies have been permanently shelved, along with another movie idea he had been trying to get a greenlight on, which would have combined and involved cast members of all three series.  Scripts for the first two of those projects, tentatively titled Stargate: Revolution and Stargate: Extinction (respectively), were completed well over a year ago.

What does this news mean for the future of the Stargate brand and the franchise?  In the short-term, there are no plans to begin production on anything Stargate-related.  But it’s a situation Wright doesn’t see as final — even if he’s not a part of it.

“It’s a franchise.  Stargate is not over,” he said. “Somebody smart from MGM is going to figure it out, and something will happen.”  Wright said, adding that he’s embracing the chance and prospect of writing material that isn’t Stargate related, and will be actively working on other pilots.

Keep your browser locked on GateWorld in the days and weeks to come for more updates and reports from this year’s Creation Vancouver convention, including brand-new and exclusive sit-downs with cast members from all three series.

Chad Colvin is a GateWorld editor and convention correspondent. He lives near Madison, Wisconsin. Follow him on Twitter @ChadColvin. (More)

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  • All of this is bad news. This is just horrible, I think I’m going to cry

  • It wouldn’t be so bad if we had some kind of conclusion, even Enterprise had a finale! I would be perfectly happy if we got one more SG-1, Atlantis and SGU movie and maybe his proposed combination film to conclude the franchise for a while. I always felt SGU would be the last Stargate series for a while no matter what state it ended in, but this…I’m so angry right now at how things have turned out…

    Just when Star Trek gets cool again, Stargate dies. Great. Now I’m back at the emotional state I was when Enterprise ended (yes, I know its just a TV show but it was still sad to see something that’s a big part of your life go away for a while).

  • The worst news in a long time…. I’ve been hoping for some good ones finally, but then this :(

    It looks like it really is over, despite Wright’s words…. Goodybe Stargate :(

  • I must say it isn’t really much of a surprise considering how things have been with it all lately though this is really sad to hear though Hopefully like he said some one will pick up stargate again one day could be a continuation or a complete remake who knows.

  • Yeah, I take Wright’s comment of “it will continue in some form” with a grain of salt. He’s burned us out so many times with his comments of hope. “Atlantis and SG-1 movies” “working on a continuation of SGU in some form” “working on something that will please fans of all Stargate series.”

    Dear Mr. Wright, I’d rather have no hope than false hope only to have that false hope diminished. So if nothing is coming, say nothing is coming until it actually comes. Don’t play politician with us, tell it to use as it is.

  • Brad said nothing new here, but it’s still sad to see the franchise die, especially on such a sour note.

    But Brad is right; it’ll come back one day.

  • I am actually quite pleased about this.

    Don’t get me wrong – it IS sad,and I am disappointed re the SG1 and SGA movies, however a franchise can only go so far with the same people at the top. Star Trek itself is proof of this. Gene Roddenberry, Harve Bennett, Rick Berman, and currently JJ Abrahms. Different head people with all with different ideas. – Stargate is just too profitable to be left on the shelf.

    Star Trek The Motion Picture was only the start of really big things for the Trek franchise after a ten year gap. – Perhaps Gate will get that chance too?

    In the meantime, I take solace in that Ark Of Truth neatly bookends SG1 as a series. I know that will come as no consolation to SGA and SGU fans, and I am sorry they have been left with those stories open ended. Esp SGA.

    Erm – what will this development mean for Gateworld? That’s the bit that DOES worry me! – Darren, David, Chad?

  • It’s lovely that the decided to risk trying SGU, now see where it’s got us! With nothing! I’m happy that SGU is completely gone, but SG-1 and Atlantis! That is sad! :'(

    With SG-1 and Atlnatis there was steady viwers, so I don’t understand why they decided to change things up at all? After the first season the number were very decreased, why did they continue a show that they knew would continue to pull bad numbers and not please viwers?

  • I never thought the ending of a show could make me so sad. But there ya go. Wow. Goodbye Stargate, you will be missed. I can’t imagine how they would reboot it, if they do I dare say it will be several years from now. But without Brad and all I would worry about what would be done with it. : (

  • The rest of my inner child just died after reading this article.


  • You brought this upon yourselves. All of you.

    Stargate, the brilliant show with a fantastic run but a fandom which revolted against change.

  • started watching in 1997 when i was 13, and now im 27. what more can i say, but thank you.

  • MGM should have sold Stargate if they are just going to shelve the whole franchise!

  • “…And that’s the story of the day I forgot how to smile.”

    “Your stories are stupid, grandad.”

  • Thanks SG for 17 years of wonderful adventures… see you on the other side of the galaxy! Looks like the last Chevron has been dial for for the last time… :(

  • The saddest part of this is that we will NEVER see those three movies or even a conclusion to the SG: Universe story-line. More than likely – the series will be rebooted in a decade or so…by then SG will be another classic show for the history books.

  • Reading you comments, I think about what would it be like if SG even got rebooted in the far future… Definitely not the same! Without RDA, Amanda, David, Jason, Joe, Paul….there is no SG without them – for me, at least…

  • this is insane! there’s still *so* many fans for stargate, it’s just that they’re more interested in SG1 and Atlantis!! so SGU failed, by why have the entire franchise be shelved, just because *one* aspect of it didn’t go over well!?

    i couldn’t give a damn about a new and improved stargate series coming down the road, it’s the SG1 and Atlantis casts that i like, that i love!

    MGM: you don’t have to look deep to find these fans. WE’RE RIGHT HERE. we’re waiting. we don’t want a new series, we want sg1/atlantis. we don’t want to wait 5 years for a new group of writers to come along and revive the franchise, we want sg1/atlantis movies.

    the franchise isn’t worn out, the fans aren’t worn out, it’s the writers!!

    i’ve just sat back and watched everything get worse and worse, starting with season 10 of sg1 and the change in style. and it’s went downhill from there, culminating with sgu.

    what about Jonathan Glassner or Michael Greenburg? bring these guys in and let them work their magic!!

  • It’s been a long road, one through which many fans have driven their emotions and thoughts. We saw the gate being uncovered in 1995, we saw Atlantis raise from the abyss in 2004, and we’ve reached the farthest reaches of space with the Ancient Starship Destiny. We all feel sad at the end of all things… But think about all we leave behind. A whole world full of possibility. And as long as we remember it, it will be with us forever. Who knows, maybe in time someone will feel the same way we do and will take the reigns of the old Gate and catapult us to the other side, once more. But until then… we shall linger in darkness, waiting for a shine of light.

    My fellow fans, Shal’kek nem’ron.

  • Angel

    This is very disheartening. The Stargate franchise is what brought me to the network, and has largely been what has kept me there. I really don’t understand. The fan base is HUGE, there are profits to be made.

    And as far as the big screen, what is wrong with MGM? This franchise is a goldmine. So many story lines that have never even been touched upon, or gone deeper into, even way back to SG1.

    I am shocked. This franchise is what Science Fiction is all about. So much for me watching the SyFy Channel. The only other show I watch there is Sanctuary and that I will just buy the DVD’s season by season.

    I hope someone is smart enough to breathe some new life into this!

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