Every symphony needs a conductor, and every ship needs a captain. Film production is no different — and for fourteen years of Stargate television that commander-in-chief was writer and executive producer Brad Wright.
A co-creator of all three live-action Stargate TV series (one who also wrote more than 50 hours), Wright is a visionary who defined this era of the franchise. But since Stargate Universe went off air in 2011, Wright has largely gone silent on the subject of Stargate.
Now, thanks to his new sci-fi series Travelers — created for Netflix and Canada’s Showcase — Wright has stepped back into the public eye and has taken some time to reflect on his odyssey with the Stargate franchise.
In a recent Reddit AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) Wright fielded questions on the revival of Stargate, his return to show-running, and the cancelled direct-to-DVD movies that would have neatly wrapped up his tenure with Stargate. He’s also responded to a few questions on Twitter. Here are some highlights:
TIMES GONE BY
“We tried. We wrote scripts,” Wright said, responding to a question about the additional SG-1 and Atlantis movies. “The bottom of the DVD market went away and MGM asked us to put it on hold. Then, MGM went into bankruptcy and that was that.”Originally announced in 2008 on the heels of the moderately successful Stargate: The Ark of Truth and Stargate: Continuum, these feature-length Stargate movies included Stargate: Extinction (a continuation of the Atlantis story) and Stargate: Revolution (a Jack O’Neill-centric story for SG-1). Both projects lingered in development hell until they were permanently shelved in 2011.
Wright also responded to a question about the proposed Stargate crossover movie, conceived as a last-ditch effort to continue the franchise after SGU was cancelled at the end of 2010. That would have seen characters from all three Stargate shows uniting to save the crew of the Destiny.
“That was (part of) the plot of the script I was writing when I tried to convince MGM to make a direct to video movie to properly end the SGU story,” Wright said on Twitter last week. “MGM said no before I could finish it. With all the sets gone, that’s never going to happen now.”
He ended the tweet with a hashtag saying “We kept the sets up as long as we could.”
In regards to the emotional (and unintentional) Stargate Universe series finale “Gauntlet,” Wright responded to a fan who said he’s learned to accept the Season Two episode as the end of Destiny‘s voyage.
“Honestly, I now feel exactly the same way about that last episode,” Wright replied. “Years later it feels like an ending. And Joel [Goldsmith]’s incredible music cue for the last scene was his best work.”
Composer Joel Goldsmith was the primary composer for all three Stargate series, and a close friend of Wright’s. Just a year after “Gauntlet” aired, Goldsmith passed away after a quiet battle with cancer.
His final Stargate composition can be heard in this scene:
WHAT LIES AHEAD
Despite a prolonged hiatus, the Stargate franchise has made a return with the digital prequel series, Stargate Origins — the first new, live-action Stargate content in almost seven years. Wright took a minute on his AMA to acknowledge the franchise’s rebirth (and also clarify his lack of involvement).
“MGM hasn’t asked me to participate in any future Stargate content and I sort of understand their desire for fresh blood,” he wrote. “Wouldn’t say no if they asked though!” He reiterated on Twitter that his involvement in future productions would depend upon MGM asking him.
“I haven’t seen anything about Origins but wish them well,” he said. “Maybe one day they will want to reboot SG-1.”Perhaps the future will find Wright reuniting with the franchise that put him on the map. His fellow writer and executive producer Joseph Mallozzi this week started lobbying publicly for Wright’s return to the franchise, along with SGU co-creator Robert C. Cooper.
In the meantime, Wright’s full attention lies with Travelers — which is awaiting word of whether or not it will be renewed for a third outing. Season Two aired on Showcase last fall, and dropped on Netflix in December.
“The writers and I have already spent some time working on Season Three,” Wright revealed to fans. “It’s gonna be a wild ride. [We] just need the official pick up and we can GO!”
“We know how the show ends, but if we get the chance it would be fun to take a few more seasons to get there!”
Head over to Reddit to read the full Q&A, which focuses on Travelers (watch out for Season Two spoilers)! Series lead Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) also participated.