MGM’s new leadership simply isn’t interested in continuing the Stargate television franchise right now, according to actress Alaina Huffman.
“They tried very hard to put a movie together,” Huffman said in a stage appearance at the Wizard World Comic Con in Philadelphia last month. “[But] Spyglass is not interested in Stargate, so therefore would not fund the movie. So we — we, as in Brad [Wright] — had to look for money elsewhere, and came very close several times.”
Huffman played Lt. Tamara Johansen on Stargate Universe.
The historic Hollywood studio emerged from bankruptcy proceedings at the end of 2010 with Spyglass Entertainment chiefs Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum appointed as Co-Chairmen and CEOs. Formed in 1998, Spyglass itself is primarily a film studio, helping get movies like The Sixth Sense, Star Trek (2009), and The Tourist to screens.
In years’ past Stargate was a juggernaut for MGM’s television division, pulling in significant revenue from syndication, overseas markets (airing in over 120 countries), and the lucrative DVD market. Studio executives called it MGM’s most important franchise after James Bond. But those revenue sources just aren’t what they used to be.
Since emerging from bankruptcy MGM is back on its feet with a full slate of upcoming movie releases. It also continues to work in the television field, producing MTV’s new Teen Wolf series. But the studio has not made any official, public statements about the future of Stargate since the new execs took over.
The studio appointed Roma Khanna as its new President of Television Group and Digital last month. Khanna oversees all television sales, production, acquisitions, licensing, content creation and digital initiatives for MGM, as well as existing franchises like Stargate.
According to Huffman, the pitch that executive producer Brad Wright was making to the studio in early 2011 was for a pair of films.
“His plan, from what I understood … was he wanted to do two movies, one to finish out our storyline, and one [with] an all-star cast they that they would shoot in Hawaii. I don’t know why they couldn’t get the funding. I thought that would have been a really great way to close out the series.
“To me, it’s really unfortunate that the franchise and the producers didn’t get the opportunity, given their long track record, to finish out the story.”
Watch the video clip from Huffman’s convention appearance (with SGU co-star Julia Benson) below. The two will appear together again at Wizard World’s Chicago event, August 11-14.
(Thanks to Tyler for the tip!)