Stargate: The Ark of Truth is being written by SG-1 executive producer Robert C. Cooper, who will also direct it. The film will start principal photography on April 15, with a shooting schedule of roughly four weeks.
“That’s going to be the story that [Cooper] wanted to end the season with,” Wright said. “It’s going to be a big, splashy feature film.” The movie will tie up the 2-year Ori storyline from the television series.
“It is a great story,” Wright said. “It’s a big story. It involves travelling to the Ori galaxy.“
Stargate: Continuum will follow as a stand-alone story, written by Wright. Long-time Stargate director Martin Wood is expected to be tapped to direct the film, which Wright hopes will prove that the SG-1 franchise can support an on-going series of movies.
“My movie is a stand-alone,” he said. “And what I hope to prove is it’s the first in a string of movies that can continue the SG-1 legacy. … I hope it’s the first of many 2-hour movies, direct-to-DVD or bigger. I think we can show — and I hope the audience shows by buying the DVDs! — that the franchise still has a long way to go.”
Wright also confirmed that Ben Browder, Amanda Tapping, Michael Shanks, Christopher Judge, and Claudia Black have signed on for both films. (A deal with Beau Bridges was apparently being pursued when the interview was filmed in December, but the producer was not sure if it had been signed yet.)
Much of the SG-1 crew will also return behind the scenes.
The films are expected to be released on DVD next fall, but MGM’s final plans have yet to be announced. Wright also expressed confidence that a deal would be struck from them to be broadcast on television at some point.
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