The wormhole is open for Stargate Origins, and if things go according to plan that could open the gate for more live-action Stargate production in the future.
That’s according to a source close to the production of Origins, who told GateWorld that doing a short-form Web series (rather than, say, a big-budget feature film or cable show) in 2018 made for an easy way to get the Stargate spinning again.
“The short form / Web series format on this platform allows us to have fun with the storyline, reopen the franchise in a simple way — and most importantly, give us an opportunity to have a conversation with fans,” the source said.
“This new series, and the platform, are setting the stage for us to move forward with the full Stargate franchise.”
The “full franchise” might mean not only a full-length TV series (we’re looking at you, Netflix) but ongoing seasons of Stargate Origins at the same time — perhaps as a short-form anthology series, which each season telling a new, stand-alone story. “Return of the Jaffa?” The history of the Ancients? Young Bra’tac? Filling out the Stargate timeline with new takes on beloved characters could take viewers anywhere, while at the same time supporting a bigger show.The content that MGM keeps on its own streaming platform, Stargate Command, might require a bigger up-front investment when the studio is shouldering all the costs on its own. But it also means the studio retains complete control of those projects (and their profits).
Origins itself was conceived as a thank-you to Stargate fans, as well as a demonstration of the studio’s commitment to the franchise. “The one message we want fans to hear is that we heard them,” our source told us. “Their passion and commitment to this franchise is why we are here.
“The passion of this fan base in particular guided the decision of building a fan-centric platform, to have this not be a passive experience for them. Our guiding light — and source of so much inspiration — was listening to fans, having Stargate fans as an essential part of our production teams, and incorporating their feedback as we made Stargate Origins.”
The first three episodes of the 10-part Web series are now streaming at Stargate Command. Episode 4 arrives this Thursday for All-Access subscribers.
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