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Stargate Atlantis Producer Reveals More of Unfilmed Movie

Thursday - April 11, 2013
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Two years after the door closed on Stargate: Extinction, Joseph Mallozzi has revealed more about the story that the Atlantis movie (and possible sixth season opener) would have told.

When it became clear in 2011 that the movie wouldn’t be produced, the former SGA writer and executive producer gave a description of the opening scenes that set up the story (see here and here).  Mallozzi co-wrote the script with Paul Mullie, but it was shelved (along with the SG-1 movie Stargate: Revolution) when the bottom fell out of the DVD market and MGM seemed to be on a path to inevitable bankruptcy.

Knowing that this exciting story won’t be told, today it makes for bittersweet (but definitely fun) reading.

To recap what we already know: Atlantis ended its final season on Earth, cloaked off the coast of San Francisco.  When the movie opens, the city has been relocated to the much more secret-friendly location of Earth’s Moon.  Earth’s leaders are debating what to do with the powerful Ancient city ship, but things become clear when a self-destruct alarm is triggered.  The team must reunite and get Atlantis back to the Pegasus Galaxy before the clock runs out, or … boom.

Mallozzi revealed more on his blog at the end of March.  He called the movie’s not getting made his one great regret in 11 years on Stargate.

Enemy At the Gate (SGA 520) - San Francisco“The plan is to use the wormhole drive to execute a series of jumps to Pegasus — however, the drive burns out partway through their journey, stranding them in the Triangulum Galaxy, some 300,000 light years from home,” Mallozzi said. “They manage to muster up enough power for one, final short range jump, putting them within range of a subspace anomaly they detected.

“What follows is a high-flying adventure involving a mysterious civilization tapping the limitless potential of the accretion streams between two stars, time travel, and a race against time to avert not only the destruction of Atlantis but the extinction of an entire race.

“Some of the standout sequences that come to mind include one in which Sheppard ends up trapped on an enemy mothership, falling back to a room holding some of the tech the enemy has stolen from Atlantis. Enemy soldiers surround the locked chamber, preparing to storm it when — the door shakes, buckles, and blows outward to reveal Sheppard in one of the Asgard exo-suits.  Cue kickass Iron Man sequence.”

The film would end with Atlantis settled back in Pegasus for a new season of adventures, with Dr. Beckett signed on as head of the expedition’s medical R&D, and — through the magic of time-travel — Sheppard and Teyla now aware “that they are destined to be together.”

The movie wasn’t meant to wrap up Atlantis entirely, but to set the stage for a sixth season — or, if Extinction made for a successful DVD release, more movies for John Sheppard and his team.

Todd (First Contact)“Late in Atlantis’s fifth year, when we were working on the final few scripts of the season, we had no way of knowing what the future held,” Mallozzi said.  “A sixth season?  A wrap-up movie?  Robert Cooper suggested we hedge our bets by preparing for both.  His idea was to add an extra month to the production schedule during which we would shoot the sixth season opening two-parter that, in the event the show wasn’t picked up, could become a direct-to-DVD feature.

“It was a brilliant plan which I, in turn, proposed it to the decision-makers.  Given the green light, we could roll right into production on the heels of ‘Enemy at the Gate.’  We just needed the go-ahead sooner than later in order to make sure we had all the actors on board.

“Sadly, we never got the go-ahead and, although we did end up eventually writing the script for the Atlantis movie (Stargate: Extinction), in hindsight, that window of opportunity at the end of the show’s sixth season was our last, best shot at seeing it made.”

To learn more about Extinction — including the fate of Todd the Wraith — be sure to read the whole entry at Joseph Mallozzi’s Weblog!

(Thanks to everyone who wrote in with the tip!)

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.

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  • Too bad Mallozzi was kept out of the loop as well. This sounds much better than what we ended up getting.
    Hopefully he gets the chance one day to produce a movie or new TV series.
    I really miss Stargate!

  • Sounds interesting, but I’m not sure I buy a Sheppard/Teyla ending. Also, I’m still not sure why the bottom falling out of the DVD market spelled the end for these two movies. Wouldn’t it have been simpler and cheaper to keep it a strictly digital-download only affair?

  • I’m so sad this never had a chance to happen. We should have had a movie, if not a Season 6.

  • It pains me just reading this. I just don’t get why the execs don’t try o take this to Netflix.

  • I wish Atlantis would have been renewed for a sixth season. If it had been, we would likely have two Stargate shows on the air right now.

    The self-destruct idea is pretty stupid though. Seems like a cop out just to get Atlantis back to Pegasus. It seems like the writers learned a thing or two about good writing with Universe though, so I hope they put it to use if this film ever gets made.

  • I literally search “Stargate return 2013 or 2014” everyday in google hoping to see news of a return. Atlantis was by far my favorite, the team of Shepard and Mckay were the most entertaining, funny, exciting, etc that I’ve ever seen on TV. I’m begging for a Stargate return!! PLEASE!!

  • why mgm dosent start stargate again? those movies or more seasons would be very good both of sga and even better sg1. i believe that there are so much fans that mgm would get their money back in notime…

  • This is why I paid 1.99$ per episode of SGA on My PS3! I’m getting more then my money’s worth and the only thing stopping me from watching, which I do often; is an EMP! I would easily pre-pay allah kickstarter campaign because I’m totally gonna get my $$ worth. If Disney doesn’t buy the Stargate Series first, which doesn’t make sense why they wouldn’t. Stargate is still in my mind an untapped, global cash cow. Keep hoping Gater’s.!!!

  • why not just post the script or treatment?

  • I always thought Sheppard and Dr. Weir were meant for each other.

  • Although I stopped watching SGA during the tail end of season 3, I did regret there was no overall closure to the series having watched the final episode. I also think shoving Shep and Teyla towards each other so far down the road is a ham fisted idea, but everything else described above sounds great. A nice way to end the series with a feature length story to bookend most elements. Almost a SGA version of The Ark Of Truth in that sense.

  • I like Stargate as much as the next guy, but this doesn’t seem like good Stargate. Time travel stories have been done to death in Stargate, they really should have moved on from using that as a plot point. And Teyla/Sheppard at the end? It seems wrong. There was just no build-up to make them close to believable like there was with Carter and O’neill.

  • Somehow both the self-destruct and Teyla/Sheppard seems very out of place and not thought through from my perspective.

    I just could never see those two turn into something serious. To me, Sheppard just doesn’t belong in a relationship. That relationship might even have made me stop watching the show…
    And on the destruct part, even the books had a better reason for the city to leave Earth. Its not hard to think of better reasons then a self-destruct. I can’t help to think of it as an easy way out and lazy writing.

  • Sadly, there is probably more chance of Howard the Duck II 3D than another Stargate themed movie or show.

  • This would have been awesome! SGA ended way too early. I miss it terribly. And John and Teyla finally!

  • I am unhappy Atlantis was cancelled, BUT
    this movie/new season sounds horrible.

    I don’t know why they thought we needed ANOTHER
    -Self Destruct plot device
    -Time Travel movie
    -Time Travel with fan pairings getting together
    -Complete reset of what happened so nothing mattered in the movie.

    I would of preferred if the movie or new season was made that it took big strides in being the end of the Atlantis series.

    I am not story writer, but maybe something along the lines of Earth bringing on as many brilliant scientists as possible to pour over the database and amp up the current and new Starships with more power and defence and then commit a sizeable army of soldiers and ships, with a brilliant plan to finally “Extinct” the wraith.

  • I would have loved to see Kickass Ironman Sheppard!!!! and this new race sounds very intriguing and even scarier than the Wraith. That would have made for some AMAZING new developments. And of course, Sheppard and Teyla finally realizing that they were meant to be together….priceless!!!! That has to go on-screen Mallozzi!!!! *smooch*

  • Dam this sounded good although the whole Sheppard and Teyla not to sure about that. I pray for the day that Stargate will return to our screens

  • Good news but I hope that SGU Has a movie soon I did love that idea.

  • Hi all
    This comment is for the producers of SG shows. I dont know what you gonna do it, but just bring the shows back to us fans and we will gladly buy dvds, books, blurays and so on. And for that SGA please no better i begg you make it happend!!!!!!!!!!!:=)

  • Someone needs to make a petition for a Netflix/MGM partnership to continue Stargate. The movie/series can use kickstarter for funding if needed, but it needs to happen!

  • Darren,
    JMS as talked a lot in the past about writers and there ownership rights and dictated by WGA. Which I will admit might be different in this case, but if Joseph Mallozzi had written script under the normal rights most screen writers are given I don’t think its unreasonable to think that is the case he retains fulls rights to the paper copy of the Script. He can’t turn it into a movie but if he wants to publish it as a book or for free on the web that is completely within his rights. If he is under the same rules as a WGA writers are.

    Post from JMS goes into this a bit

    As for this script honestly it sounds terrible to me. Time travel, the wormhole drive, a self destruct. God this is all the stuff that got Stargate to the point it was canceled. Wasn’t Enemy at the gates bad enough and to follow it up with this. Bad bad bad.

  • Darren

    Sayomara — I’d imagine you are right about the typical contract for WGA. That’s not the case here, though. I’m just repeating what Joe (Mallozzi) has said several times on his blog. MGM owns the script.

  • Darren,
    I know the Atlantis writers weren’t affect by the 2007 WGA strike so I’m not surprised that he is under a different contract. That said it does surprise me that he doesn’t retain any ownership but I guess those are the breaks.

  • Stargate was and still is the best sci fi series going,someone with some money should make a new series with Joe and make a fortune in doing it ,there are enough of us gaters to guarantee an excellent response

  • Teyla/Sheppard together is a joke. It was so obvious that he had more chemistry with Weir. Plus, I have always said, and will continue saying, that the writers blew it for this show after season two. SGA had a lot of potential, but they seemed to lack direction. After reading the plot of this Stargate movie, I probably wouldn’t watch it. I own all of the Stargate seasons; all the way up to SGA season 3. I just couldn’t bare to watch it after that point. So heartbreaking.

  • I forgot how many times I seen the re runs of SGA. I miss the show loads. You kinda become part of the show’ like you cant wait for the next episode. I still today (2013) feel when its first started year ago. I have been trying to find out if it will ever come back to our screens but it looks like NO!. Its always about the money and not about what the fans want. So someone tell me’ will we ever get our wish? I guess we” have to replay our dvds again lol. SGA could have gone on for many many years as the show had opens the minds of its fans…did and I think always will.. COME BACK SGA

  • Yeah I don’t really like the idea of ending on a time travel story just like SG-1 did (a number of times!) and the Teyla/Shep thing is ridiculous. There is no precedent for that in 5 seasons of the show.

    I didn’t even like how Amelia the kickboxing techy was shoehorned into the last scene of Atlantis as Ronon’s girlfriend, though at least that had a bit of a setup in The Prodigal.

    Still… some stargate would be better than no stargate…. and I’d love to see Joe and Jason kicking ass on screen together again.

    They never solved the wraith problem, Rainbow could be out there with his bungeye somewhere, and I lost track of how many Weirs there were, there could easily be another one…

  • You have enough people that want this. Please, please, bring back Atlantis. Season 6 and a movie or 2. Please!!! It wasn’t lack of ratings….. This isn’t fair for all of us fans to cut off the best, and everyone knows I’m right on this, the best star gate show that was on!!! SG1 was great too, but went 10 seasons. Atlantis was better, universe was very lacking… That wasn’t fair to us to chop it all off because that one failed!!! Please, we need this!!! Please bring back Atlantis! Again!!!!!!!!!

  • only got into SG Atlantis 2013. Now it’s gone. Why!!! Miss Dr Rodney McKay Please come back. I live in England. So come on, some one get it together. Miss it lots……………

  • You have enough people that want this. Please, please, bring back Atlantis. Season 6 and a movie or 2. Please!!! It wasn’t lack of ratings….. This isn’t fair for all of us fans to cut off the best, and everyone knows I’m right on this, the best star gate show that was on!!! SG1 was great too, but went 10 seasons. Atlantis was better, universe was very lacking… That wasn’t fair to us to chop it all off because that one failed!!! Please, we need this!!! Please bring back Atlantis! Again!!!!!!!!!

  • This comment is for the producers of SG shows. I dont know what you gonna do it, but just bring the shows back to us fans

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